The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

May 2, 2012

Registration due for free senior conference

ASHTABULA — Sadness can come with growing older, ACDJFS Social Services program administrator Martha Gillespie said.

“When people retire or reach a certain age, there can be a time of sadness,” she said. “We are here to say that life is not over with retirement. There is so much seniors can offer the community — mind, body and spirit.”

The Ashtabula County Department of Job and Family Services is hoping to help older county residents age gracefully with the annual Senior Citizens Conference to be held May 11 at Kent State University Ashtabula Campus.

The conference “Aging Gracefully: Mind, Body and Spirit,” will showcase services available to seniors as they struggle with depression or anxiety, physical and medical troubles and questions about spirituality, Gillespie said.

“We are so excited for this event,” she said. “This year we will have three professional guest speakers who will present educational information on healthy aging. The focus will be to improve lifestyle and overall well-being.”

Gillespie said topics will include how to deal with aging issues including severe illness, death of loved ones, increased medical expenses, depression and loneliness; how to keep mentally fit at any age; recognizing the appropriate time to seek professional help; and exploring community services.

The morning session will focus on professionals who work with senior citizens. This three-hour panel discussion begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and will include three speakers and a question-and-answer session.

Cost is $10 for the morning session.

The afternoon session, which begins at 11 a.m., will focus on senior citizens and their adult children and will feature the Off Our Rockers Senior Band and the Blue Belles.

Gillespie said there will also be a demonstration on Wii Bowling as a way to stay fit.

A free lunch will be served.

The afternoon session is free, but pre-registration is required. Lunch includes choice of ham and cheese, turkey and cheese, or egg salad sandwich with drink, chips, cookies and potato salad.

Registration for both morning and afternoon sessions must be made by Monday and can be made by calling ACDJFS at 994-2027.

The day will also include a vendor room from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendors are also welcome at the event with pre-registration.

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