Aging Summit

assisting families and their elderly members as they age together
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The Summit

The Family Tree was founded as a non-profit agency in 1979, thanks to the vision and volunteers of Junior League of Lafayette. The initial goal was to strengthen families in order to build a stronger community and we’ve done just that – and more.

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of our organization, The Family Tree hosted an Aging Summit. We welcomed National Speaker, Eldercare Expert, and Author of the award-winning book, How To Take Tare of Old People Without Losing Your Marbles, Suzanne Asaff Blankenship, who provided a keynote speech and lead a discussion panel on aging.

The Aging Summit provided tools, guidance, support and actionable steps to lessen frustrations and improve efficiency in the caregiving role for medical and familial persons and for the aging individual. The speaker guided attendees skillfully through the challenging experience of eldercare and shared personally developed tools, identified resources, and showcased organized plans as various eldercare scenarios so that attendees better understood the stressors, struggles, and everyday difficulties both in the early and late stages of aging. Upon completion of this period of instruction, each participant better understood how to be an advocate for the aging individual and better prepared themselves on how to manage the final stages of life.

The Details

Sunday, August 25, 2019 from 1pm-4pm – Doors opened at noon

UL Student Ballroom – Atchafalaya Ballroom

1 National Speaker – 3 Local Panelists – 20+ Regional Vendors

Tickets were $25 for General Admission & $50 for Admission+CEU credits for Counseling or Social Work

Complimentary Parking was in the Olivier Parking Tower and Earl K. Long Parking Lot

Light Refreshments were provided


The Speaker

Suzanne Asaff Blankenship is the author of the award-winning book, How To Take Tare of Old People Without Losing Your Marbles. Suzanne has two decades of experience managing her mother’s care as well as sharing the care for her in-laws. With her unique approach of organized preparation sprinkled with her tongue-in-cheek humor, Suzanne guides others skillfully through the challenging experience of eldercare. Suzanne developed tools, identified resources, and put together organized plans as each different eldercare scenario developed. She shares those tools with her audience to help guide them more easily in their own journey. Learn more at

Partners in Aging

Thank you to all of our Sponsors for their commitment to The Family Tree and Acadiana!

Magnolia Sponsors

Friends of The Family Tree

Camellia Sponsors