• The Business of Aging

    St. Mary Development's annual community event focused on housing, technology, and healthcare for our older communities


    Social Determinants of Health and Seniors

    Positive social determinants of health (SDOH) are the social, economic, and environmental conditions that help older adults maintain their health and well-being. In the Dayton area, there is a significant difference in life expectancy based on the zip code in which you live, with some zip codes predicting a life expectancy 20 years greater than others. This difference is largely due to SDOH, including food access, safe housing, affordable transportation and ability to navigate healthcare services. The panel will discuss the impact of SDOH in our communities as well as the opportunities to improve SDOH in the future. Our 2019 panel included:


    Amy Riegel, Director of Housing at CareSource

    Amy is designing a new division of CareSource, Life Services, which addresses the Social Determinants of Health, focusing on integrating health and housing. Prior to joining CareSource, Amy was the Manager of Community Development for the City of Dayton.


    Maddy Shea, Principal at Health Management Associates

    Maddy has decades of health policy and program experience, including serving as Deputy Director of the Office of Minority Health at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and Director of the Office of Population Health Improvement in the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In her current role, she provides consulting services for state and county departments of health and human services, non-profits, health plans, and community organizations and hospital systems.


    Natalynne Baker, Director of St. Mary Connect at St. Mary Development Corp.

    Natalynne leads the St. Mary team of Service Coordinators who help connect more than 800 low-income seniors and families to services that improve their quality of life. Over the past five years, St. Mary Connect has saved tax-payers more than $38 million by helping seniors in our housing communities live independently and avoid moving to a nursing home.


    Melissa Butler, MD, Medical Director of Years Ahead Health Center at Kettering Health Network

    Melissa is a highly-skilled Internist serving Centerville and surrounding communities at the Years Ahead Health Center. The Center is a unique, primary care facility specifically designed for people approaching the years ahead. It includes education, training, and community events focused on a healthy lifestyles and is part of the Kettering Health Network.


    Housing, Healthcare, and Technology

    Every day, 10,000 people turn 65 in the United States. Seniors are one of the largest growing demographic group in the Miami Valley, too. St. Mary Development Corporation hosts the annual Business of Aging event in conjunction with the Dayton Business Journal. A Business Journal editor moderates a panel of experts on senior trends in housing, technology, healthcare and other topics, as we explore the Business of Aging in the Miami Valley. During the summit, attendees hear directly from the people who are change leaders in the senior sector. Our 2018 panel included:

    • Tim Bete, President of St. Mary Development Corporation
    • Kate de Medeiros, Associate Professor of Gerontology, Department of Sociology and Gerontology at Miami University
    • Scott Collins, President/CEO of Linkage
    • Kathryn Brod, President/CEO of LeadingAge Ohio

  • "The Business of Aging is definitely worth being an annual event."

    "Very impressed by the level of knowledge of the panel!"

    "Very informative and insightful. It increased by awareness of societal trends."

    "The panel was excellent. Worth getting up early to attend!'

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