Conference to focus on positive aging


By Nancy B. Peterson

By Nancy B. Peterson

K-State Research and Extension

News Media Services

OAKLEY — Aging brings changes in life and lifestyle, as well as new challenges — and opportunities.

Making the most of changes and meeting challenges, while taking advantage of opportunities will be the focus of the 2013 edition of northwest Kansas' spring conference on aging — "Full Circle: The Best is Yet to Be."

The event will be April 26 at the Gateway Fellowship Church Impact Center (Sunshine Avenue and East Second Street.) in Oakley, said Tranda Watts, K-State.

Registration at the door is $35 per person; lunch and conference materials cannot be guaranteed for registrations at the door.

For registration or more information, visit, or call Diann Gerstner, K-State Research and Extension family and consumer sciences agent, at (785) 460-4582.

The conference is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This year's speaker lineup features Karen Ridder of Topeka, representing the Kansas Humanities Council, as keynote speaker.

Ridder will present "Bucket Lists and Looking Back," encouraging attendees to reflect on accomplishments and consider what they'd like to do as they approach the closing chapters of their lives.

Deb Sellers, a K-State Research and Extension's state specialist on adult development and aging, based on the Kansas State University, will offer tips for adapting to challenges associated with aging, and encourage attendees to consider aging as another stage in life's journey.

Some of the other presentations include:

* Falling Less in Kansas: Reducing Risks — Teresa Radebaugh, Carl and Rozina Cassat professor in aging, and director, Regional Institute on Aging, Wichita State University. Radebaugh will offer ideas on reducing fall risks in everyday life.

* The Who, When, Where, What and How of Guardianship vs. Conservatorship — Randy Clinkscales, an attorney in Hays, will explain the differences between the two.

* Behind Closed Doors: Intimacy and Aging — Gayle Doll, director of the Center on Aging in the College of Human Ecology at Kansas State University.

* Legal Issues and Farm Succession — Michael Irvin, Kansas Farm Bureau. Irvin is an attorney and knowledgeable about issues many families face.

* Getting Financially Prepared: Avoid Disaster — Jamie Rathbun, K-State Research and Extension family and consumer sciences agent in Ellsworth County.

* Mental Health Crisis Intervention/Mental Health First Aid — Ken Loos, High Plains Mental Health Agency, Hays, Kan. Loos will offer tips for framing effective communications during a health crisis.

Cost to attend is $25 per person or $40 for two family members, and includes conference materials, a noon meal, and facility fees for registrations received by April 19.

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