As with other stages of life, there is a positive side to aging -- more time to explore new interests, choices and opportunities. Aging also presents a different set of challenges -- how to access health care, community support services, and long-term care services; how to manage retirement income and finances to support health care costs and living longer; how to make lifestyle choices to improve quality of life.
Providing information to older adults to help them understand aging and learn to manage -- or capitalize -- on that stage of life is the goal of a regional expo to be held in Chanute, Kan. Aging adults, their families and caregivers are invited to attend.
"Aging with Attitude" is a one-day conference set for April 27. The conference is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Good News Center, located at 118 N. Forest in Chanute. Area residents are encouraged to attend to learn about improving their physical, mental and financial health.
Sally Bailey, professor at Kansas State University, will keynote the conference with tips for improving health through the arts. Scientific studies show that the arts improve physical and mental health and rejuvenate those who participate in them.
In case you are doubtful, a theater group for adults over 50 from Manhattan, Kan., will present a short original play about aging with attitude through the arts to demonstrate physical and mental benefits.
Attendees at the conference will choose four educational sessions from 12 offerings, with topics that include: fall and fire prevention; applying for Medicaid; depression and anxiety associated with aging; volunteer opportunities and why they matter; benefits of physical activity; identifying and preventing fraud; choosing a healthy meal; hearing aids, balance and dizziness; elder abuse, neglect and exploitation; basics of Medicare; computer and cell phone security.
The cost to attend the conference is $15 if paid by April 16. The fee includes refreshment breaks, lunch, and program materials. The charge for registration at the door is $25. Lunch and program materials cannot be guaranteed for late registrants.
Joining K-State Research and Extension as educational sponsors and partners are the Alzheimer's Association, Angels Care Home Health of Chanute, Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center, Southeast Kansas Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (SEK-RSVP) and Via Christi Hospital Pittsburg, Inc.
The conference will be an informative and inspiring day for all who attend. Registration forms and conference brochures are available at local Extension offices -- Erie, (620) 244-3826; Fort Scott, (620) 223-3720; and Iola, (620) 365-2242. Materials are also online at www.southeast.ksu.edu.
Editor's Note: Ann Ludlum is a K-State Research and Extension family and consumer sciences and 4-H extension agent assigned to Southwind District--Fort Scott office. She may be reached at (620) 223-3720 or firstname.lastname@example.org.⬀;