Benevilla presented Birt’s Bistro: A Social Enterprise for Supporting Aging in Place at the March 23-26 American Society on Aging’s 2015 Aging in America Conference. The conference took place in Chicago and Benevilla’s President and CEO Michelle Dionisio and Birt’s Bistro Sr. Director of Food and Beverage Jeff Amperse gave the presentation.
“The benefit of having an active social enterprise supporting the Benevilla mission and our community is multi-faceted,” said Michelle Dionisio. “Typically a social enterprise applies commercial strategies to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being rather than maximizing profits for external shareholders. Birt’s Bistro provides support to Benevilla in many ways including investing its profits in Benevilla’s programs and services, creating a community gathering place for people of all ages, and providing a vocational training program for Benevilla members with intellectual disabilities.”
Other conference sessions covered innovative topics including Transforming Communities for an Aging Society, Maturity Re-Imagined, and the Upside of Aging: A New Culture of Health, Productivity and Purpose.
The conference drew attention to the aging of America and how it will impact the next decades. It is expected that 1.4 million people will be over the age of 65 by the year 2050. The greater Phoenix area 65+ population will increase by 204% by 2050 and experience workforce growth of 476% during the same period.
“It was inspiring to see the diversity of people at the conference,” said Benevilla Vice President of Program Operations Joanne Thomson. “And it was equally inspiring to see that Benevilla is at the forefront in the aging-in-place movement.”