Registration Open for Virtual 2021 Vital Aging Conference

Henry Winkler smiles with his hands in his jacket pocket
Henry Winkler headlined the virtual 2021 Vital Aging Conference

One of the County’s most popular events for older adults, the Vital Aging Conference, is back this year after a 2020 hiatus due to COVID-19.

The theme of this year’s Vital Aging Conference is Resilient and Ready! The event is free and will be entirely online this coming Thursday, June 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The conference will feature demonstrations, discussions and speakers who will share resources that will help older adults live healthier and safer lives. Participants can explore what they can do to re-energize their lives so they can thrive again after spending much of the last year at home.

Sessions will focus on increasing social connections as we emerge from a time of physical distancing, making the most of the internet and other technology, and understanding the importance of intergenerational activities to improve social ties and quality of life.

“The Vital Aging conference has long been the region’s premier go-to event for older San Diegans and caregivers, but this year it is especially important as we begin to emerge from the pandemic,” said Kim Gallo, director, San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency Aging & Independence Services. “This virtual event is a great opportunity for participants to reconnect with the community and move toward a healthy, engaged, and hopeful future.”

This year’s keynote speaker is Henry Winkler. Winkler is a best-selling author and Emmy Award-winning actor, director, and producer. He is best known for his role as Arthur Fonzarelli, aka “The Fonz,” on the TV show Happy Days.

Winkler will share his thoughts and experiences about wellness and aging, resiliency during difficult times, serving the community, and more.

The conference will have English audio as well as options for Spanish and Arabic subtitles.

You can register for the virtual conference online at or by calling 619-881-6262.


Katie Cadiao is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact