Conference focuses on successful aging
The 13th annual Adams County Aging Network Senior Conference is coming up giving senior citizens an opportunity to learn about a variety of topics geared toward enhancing their lives.
The conference is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 25 at the Adams County Fairgrounds, 9755 Henderson Road in Brighton.
The cost is $10, and includes continental breakfast and a barbecue lunch. Parking is free.
This year’s conference is called “Successful Aging” and will focus on six topics: nutrition, self-care, fraud prevention, Medicare, technology and travel.
Debbie Burkhalter, Adams County Aging Network, ACAN, chairperson, said in choosing topics, ACAN tried to find topics that are affecting seniors today by using data from surveys and also just speaking with seniors about their needs.
“We wanted topics that will also benefit seniors, as well as the family members and care givers,” she said.
Burkhalter said the fraud prevention topic will teach seniors how to be aware of their surroundings, how to protect their identity and how to be suspicious of people who may want to take advantage of them. During the Medicare session, seniors will have the change to ask any questions they have as well as learn about coverage and benefits.
As for the travel session, Burkhalter said that’s a fun topic focusing on how to be safe and have fun while traveling.
“Our self-care topic is really geared towards caregivers,” she said. “Many times caregivers get so busy taking care of someone else, they forget to take care of themselves. This topic will give tips to caregivers on how to stay healthy, which in turn will enhance their lives and the lives of the people they are taking care of.”
The ACAN senior conference will also feature vendors, drawings and prizes, including travel trips, restaurant coupons and massages. It is open to all seniors and their family members and caregivers.
“The conference is a place for seniors to come and find out about successful aging, and meet new friends,” Burkhalter said.
ACAN, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of seniors in Adams County. ACAN meets at 9 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Margaret Carpenter Recreation Center, 11151 N. Colorado Blvd in Thornton.
For more information, visit www.acanonline.org.