Aging Well

Monday May 24 2010


The Annual Conference on Aging, "Aging Well in Mind, Body, & Spirit," will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 8 in Elliot & Rosel Schewel Hall with speakers, workshops and an exhibit hall.

Keynote Addresses:

8:30 a.m. "Stages of Senior Care," Paul Hogan, co-founder, Home Instead Senior Care, and co-author, Stages of Senior Care: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Making the Best Care Decision. Choosing the best care for aging parents or ourselves is complex, and multiple options, highly personal and often emotional, are available.

10 a.m. "Maintaining Emotional Balance," Dr. Peter Betz, geriatric psychiatrist, Centra Piedmont Psychiatric Center, on depression and anxiety in older adults and leading a mentally healthy life. A sought-after speaker and geriatric expert, Dr. Betz will provide techniques for boosting mood and achieving emotional balance as we age.

4 p.m. "At Least I've Got My Health," Brett Leake, motivational speaker and PBS comedy host for "Laughing Matters with Brett Leake" on coping with life's challenges and caregiving. A former regular on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Leake learned to use the healing power of humor to cope with muscular dystrophy and the responsibilities of caregiving.

Workshops cover a range of topics including advance directives, sexuality, substance abuse, financial uncertainty, and the power of belief.

This year's conference is sponsored by Lynchburg College's Beard Center on Aging, Centra Foundation, Centra Mental Health Services, and Centra Rehabilitation and Senior Care Services. Cost: $65, Beard Center Consortium non-member; $50, Beard Center Consortium member; $40, full-time student or senior (age 60 or older).

Registration deadline: Friday, May 28. Attendance at the keynote addresses is free, but registration is required by calling 434.544.8456. Check the full schedule.