By Susan Saldibar

We have put together a comprehensive list of the top national and regional senior living conferences in the U.S.

But first, a question: Should you attend a senior living conference?

It depends. For organizations that do their homework and plan ahead, a senior living industry conference can provide a strong ROI. Here are five key things all organizations should be doing prior to attending an event:

  1. Set your objectives. Are you participating to gather leads? Are you considering a new piece of technology? Are you wanting to set up meetings? Knowing this will help you pick the best conferences and cater your activities to match the objectives. 
  2. Decide who should attend. Make sure you are sending people who have the best chance of achieving your goals.
  3. Plan in advance. Which sessions will provide you the most value? Who do you want to connect with? Be sure to reach out well in advance to book appointments. The better organized you are, the more ground you can cover.
  4. Share the results. It is important to have whoever participated debrief the rest of the team. A list of questions prepared in advance can help them organize their thoughts and provide better input to the team.
  5. Determine your ROI. Track your leads and connections, and build a log of closed business that traces back to the event. 

Here is our list of top U.S. senior living industry conferences for 2022.

2023 Spring/Summer Conferences

 

Conference Description Venue/Dates
ASHA (American Seniors Housing Association) Focuses on finance, development, and operation of a full spectrum of senior housing and services. Only ASHA members are invited to participate. Scottsdale, AZ: January 23-25
NIC (National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care) Geared towards leaders in senior housing, skilled nursing, health care, and support services. The focus is on providing the latest data and trends.  San Diego, CA: March 1-3
Senior Living 100 Targeted to senior living operators, with sessions on leadership, strategy, and innovation. Naples, FL: March 12-15
Texas Assisted Living Association (TALA) Geared towards owners/operators of assisted living communities throughout Texas.  Round Rock, TX: April 5-7
Environments for Aging  Focused on senior living architects, facility managers, senior housing developers, and contractors.  Charlotte, NC: April 15-18
Senior Dining Association Synergy Conference Focuses on the needs and challenges of the senior dining industry.  Houston, TX: April 16-19
LeadingAge Leadership Summit Focused on C-suite level executives in aging services. Washington, DC: April 17-19
HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems) Geared towards healthcare professionals, including CIOs and senior executives.  Chicago, IL: April 17-21
Pennsylvania Assisted Living Association (PALA) Brings together leaders in assisted living, nursing homes, and personal care. Lancaster, PA: April 18-20
SLIF (Senior Living Innovation Forum) Connecting senior living leaders to discuss trends with the goal of reshaping the future of senior living.
Austin, TX: April 30 – May 2
Senior Living Executive Conference & Expo (Argentum) Serving for-profit owners and operators of senior living communities.
New Orleans, LA: May 8-10
Evolve 2023 Senior Living Foresight’s virtual summit focused on life enrichment leaders. Virtual: July 11, 13, 18, & 20
CALA (California Assisted Living Association) Attracts owners and operators of California-based residential care facilities that encompass assisted living, memory care, and continuing care retirement communities. Provides access to the latest tools, resources, and policy updates to help maximize quality of care. Sacramento, CA: June 5-7
Pioneer Network Annual Conference For providers. Examines changes in regulations, advancements in person-directed care practices, and innovative staff development opportunities about culture change. Pittsburgh, PA: July 23-26

2023 Fall/Winter Conferences

 

Conference Description Venue/Dates
Skilled Nursing News (RETHINK) Focused on long-term care executives and professionals; looks at trends, issues, and the future of skilled nursing. Chicago, IL: September 13-14
National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC) Geared towards leaders in senior housing, skilled nursing, health care, and support services. The focus is on providing the latest data and trends. Chicago, IL.: October 23-25
AHCA/NCAL Focused on post-acute and long-term care providers, vendors, and affiliates. TBA
LeadingAge National Focused on not-for-profit aging services providers across the spectrum of care. Chicago, IL: November 5-9
SMASH (Senior Care Sales & Marketing Summit) Focused on providing marketing and sales solutions and insights for operators of senior living communities. Las Vegas, NV: October 16-18
CALA (California Assisted Living Association) Attracts owners and operators of California-based residential care facilities that encompass assisted living, memory care, and continuing care retirement communities. Provides access to the latest tools, resources, and policy updates to help maximize quality of care.  Palm Springs, CA: November 6-8
ICAA (International Council on Active Aging) Focused on retirement, assisted living, rehabilitation, wellness, fitness, and recreation fields for the 50+ demographic.  Anaheim, CA: October 31-November, 2