Huffington and Gawande Headline Third Annual “EngAGE” Symposium

Greater Boston’s Premier Conversation on Aging Combines Top Experts, National Voices and Multimedia Content

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Boston - Hebrew SeniorLife, the largest provider of senior health care and senior living communities in New England, hosts its third annual signature event, EngAGE, this year featuring Arianna Huffington and Dr. Atul Gawande, on October 27 at the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston.

Guests at EngAGE will enjoy a series of high-level TED-like talks about aging, combined with relevant entertainment, and conclude with a series of intimate dinners where they can continue the conversation. This year speakers include Dr. Atul Gawande, world-renowned surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and best-selling author (his latest book is Being Mortal), and Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post and author of the #1 New York Times best seller Thrive. The night will touch upon several topics critically related to how people can live healthy, fulfilling lives as they age.

“We’re creating an amazing evening of ideas, conversation and innovation at this year’s EngAGE,” said Louis J. Woolf, President and CEO, Hebrew SeniorLife. “Those who attend have a unique opportunity to rethink how they approach the subject of aging by clearing up misconceptions and addressing what issues people should be focused on today.”
A pioneer in senior care, Hebrew SeniorLife aims to lead the conversation about how society considers aging, while delivering impactful programs, access to senior living communities with the highest standards of care, and conducts leading research to tackle important issues that the elderly population faces. Today, the topic of aging remains more relevant than ever, as the United States Census Bureau projects that by 2050, the population of people aged 65+ will reach 83.7 million. Aging is a lifelong process, and affects each person and their loved ones differently. There is no time limit on when this issue can touch people, and this event initiates that conversation.

“EngAGE is a crucial platform for Hebrew SeniorLife to share the latest innovations and research findings around aging,” said Todd Finard, Board Chair of Hebrew SeniorLife. “We aim to start new conversations and inspire a new approach for those in this growing population and those who love and care for them.”

EngAGE participants will experience an unforgettable evening combining thought leadership and personal eye-opening stories, with entertainment and a chance to dine and discuss with fellow attendees. Hebrew SeniorLife researchers, caregivers and medical professionals, along with leading experts on the topic, will help guide the conversation on aging, and a series of short videos will offer a unique look at the organization’s mission and impact on the community, including stories of advocacy, care and support for elderly loved ones. Last year, the event raised more than $650,000 for Hebrew SeniorLife’s health care, communities, research and teaching. For more information on supporting the event, visit Also, join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag: #HSLEngAGE.

About Hebrew SeniorLife
Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is a national senior services leader dedicated to rethinking, researching, and redefining the possibilities of aging. Based in Boston, the non-profit organization has provided communities and health care for seniors, research into aging, and education for geriatric care providers since 1903. According to Boston Business Journal, Hebrew SeniorLife is the third largest non-profit organization in Massachusetts (excluding universities and hospitals) with more than 2,400 employees on eight sites. Serving more than 3,000 seniors each day, HSL’s senior living communities and programs are open to people of all religions, races, creeds and ethnic origins. For more information about Hebrew SeniorLife, visit, follow us on Twitter @H_SeniorLife, like us on Facebook, or read our blog.