2016 Grayshore Summit

Dear Friends, The next few years will bring many challenges and opportunities for the 50+ population of the Eastern Shore. The in-migration to our nine counties that had slowed down during the recession and the slow recovery that followed is now picking up speed again. The pressure on limited public resources from competing priorities is increasing without an end in sight. Come join us to discuss these and other issues that will impact our 50+ population over the next few years. We encourage County Economic Development groups, retirement communities, homecare groups, financial/retirement planners, and any other groups that are interested to join us.

DATE: Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Program Schedule:

8:30- 8:50am: Registration & Breakfast

8:50am: Welcome Introduction by Peggy Bradford

9-10am: Key Note Speaker: “A View from Washington: Challenges and Opportunities for the Aging Network”

10-10:30am: Memo Diriker: “Graying of the Shore”

10:30-10:45am: Coffee Break

10:45-11:30am: Group work session

11:30-1pm: Group share and Lunch

COST: $15 (Cash or check payable the day of)

LOCATION: Perdue Family Living Well Education Center at Mac Inc. Parking is FREE

Registration: Please Contact BEACON at 410-546-6001 or beacon@salisbury.edu to register


  • The 50+ population is the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population, increasing almost three times as rapidly as the rest of the population
  • The Eastern Shore of Maryland is aging even more dramatically, thanks to the continued outmigration of our youth, the “aging in place” of current residents, and the in-migration of retirees attracted to our climate and amenities.


Howard Bedlin is the National Council on Aging (NCOA) Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy. Bedlin is responsible for all of NCOA’s legislative advocacy efforts on issues and programs that concern older adults, including the Older American Act, Long-term care, income security and community service programs. Bedlin has also worked for the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the National Association for Home Care and the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. Bedlin holds a law degree and a master’s degree in public policy, both from the University of Maryland.

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