Stars to help LeadingAge celebrate its 50th birthday at annual meeting and convention

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LeadingAge, the association of nonprofit long-term care providers formerly known as the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, will celebrate its 50th year in existence next week at its annual meeting and exposition in Washington, D.C. The event begins Sunday and extends through Wednesday night, with most events taking place at the Washington Convention Center.

The group's original founders, Howard Washburn and Mitchell Waife, will be honorary hosts at a special anniversary luncheon Sunday. The convention will close hours after keynote speaker Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel speaks at the 8:30 a.m. general session Wednesday. Other top speakers include Researcher Richard Jackson (Sunday morning), former Ireland President Mary Robinson (Monday morning) and Pulitzer Prize winner Maya Angelou (Tuesday morning). A special “birthday bash” Monday night will feature pop music icons The Village People.

Dozens of educational sessions will take place every day of the meeting, with exposition hours slated for 12-4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 12-3:30 p.m. Wednesday. For more information on the event, visit