Benjamin Surmi, MS

Benjamin Surmi, MS
Job Title: 
Director of Programs and Training, Koelsch Communities
Location: 
Olympia, Washington
Session(s): 
Wednesday, Thursday

As a trained social gerontologist, Mr. Surmi has focused his career on applied gerontology – applying innovation and research to everyday practice in settings often far removed from the academic setting. His particular interest is innovation in organized memory care settings. While much has been discovered and created, everyday life for people living with dementia does not usually reflect the gains made in knowledge. Nurturing and designing life giving spaces for elders to flourish – regardless of which disease they happen to have – is a lifelong passion. From designing educational programs for seniors at a YMCA in Nashville to working alongside seniors with low-incomes with AmeriCorps to his current role of directing wellness programs for a 7-state senior living organization, Benjamin is eager to build a network of likeminded professionals who will collaborate toward excellence in wellness programming.