2016 Aging Better Together: Conference Questions & Answers

Where is the Conference held?
The University of Utah Guest House and Conference Center, 110 South Fort Douglas Blvd.
Salt Lake City, UT 84113-5036.

Directions and Airport Shuttle
The University of Utah Guest House Location & Transportation Link provides driving directions and details on light rail service from the airport.
To Reach the Guest House from the Airport: The Salt Lake City Trax Light Rail services the airport and the Guest House. The one way fair is $2.50. Take the Green Line to the Court House Station and Transfer to the Red Line to University. Taxi and shuttle services are available at the Ground Transportation desk at either terminal. More details below.

Internet Service
The University Guest House and Conference Center is providing complimentary internet service throughout our individual hotel rooms and conference space.

What is the conference schedule and what does registration include?
The main conference runs Friday & Saturday, May 20-21, 2016. We also offer free programming late afternoon and evening on Thursday, May 19, and a free Open House at Wasatch Commons on Sunday morning, May 22.

Your registration fee includes all program offerings beginning 4:00 pm on Thursday through the Open House on Sunday.

Meals that are included with registration: Friday lunch; Saturday lunch; and Saturday Dinner & Keynote.

Additionally, we offer two "intensives" on Thursday, May 19 for an additional cost; you can add these anytime through the registration process.

The conference schedule and program are detailed on our Schedule/Program Webpage. A printable program and schedule are available on our Printable Program Webpage.

What are the registration fees?
Regular: $390 (4/1 - 5/19)

Do I need to choose breakout sessions?
Yes, but you do not need to choose when you register; you will receive a separate email requesting your choices.

What are the Pre-Conference Intensives on Thursday all about?
In addition to a full range of sessions on Friday and Saturday, we are offering two intensives on specialized topics taught by experts on Thursday that require an additional fee. If you have already registered and want to add an intensive, please register again, but only choose that intensive.

What is a Senior-Friendly Cohousing Community?
Senior-friendly can refer to either multi-generational or seniors only communities. They both modify the cohousing model to create physical and social environments that allow people to flourish as they get older. A senior-friendly cohousing community is proactively designed to support aging in community and some level of co-care for each other. For more, read What is a Senior Friendly Cohousing Community?.

What about lodging?
We encourage conference participants to stay at the University Guest House and Conference Center which offers a discounted room rate of $109 (includes hot breakfast). Rooms will go fast - make your reservations today by calling 1.888.416.4075.
If you would like to share a room, please email conference [at] cohousing [dot] org and we will try to connect you with others who have also requested.

What about Meals and Food Restrictions?
We will have vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free choices for our meals. During registration you are able to let us know about your food restrictions. If you would like to alert us to additional information, email conference [at] cohousing [dot] org. For many of us, including those planning our meals, healthy food which is locally sourced when possible is important!

The University Guest House has a great link to local dining: http://www.universityguesthouse.com/Dining/page:1/
The nearest Whole Foods is 3 miles from the Guest House (544 South 700 East, Salt Lake City).
The University Guest House does offer kitchenettes with full kitchen and dining table for $139.00.

What should I wear?
Dress will be casual. Some may want to dress up for the Saturday Keynote Dinner. The University Conference Center may feel cold to some; a sweater or jacket may be appreciated.

Can my Cohousing Community have an exhibit table?
Conference sponsors will have the opportunity to exhibit. Visit our sponsorship portfolio.
You are also welcome to include literature for display at a general community exhibit table - just bring with you to the conference!

Cancellation and Exchange Policy
We are now past the cancellation period to receive a refund. If you must cancel, consider donating your registration fee (and receive charitable giving recognition), or allow someone else to attend in your place.

TRAX - Light Rail System
UTA TRAX is Salt Lake Valley’s light rail system. To reach the Guest House from the Airport, take the Green Line (this is the line ending at the Airport), to Court House station (24 minutes). Then transfer to the Red line (direction University or Medical Center) from the Court House station to Fort Douglas (17 minutes). Be careful, at the courthouse station you have to enter the train on the other side of the platform, you are going back half a block before turning East.
From the Fort Douglas station it is an easy walk:
You will need to cross the street via the Legacy Bridge. Take the stairs or elevator to the bridge. After crossing the bridge, the Guest House is the first building complex to your left (northeast of the bridge). This is 8-10 walking minutes or less.
You may also call the Guest House front desk 801 587 1000, they will be happy to send a shuttle to pick you up at the Fort Douglas Trax Station, if the shuttle is available (the shuttle is first come first served).