Successful Aging Conference Sponsored by CEHP

News Story: October 8, 2006

As part of the tenth anniversary celebration of its founding, Sacred Heart University’s College of Education and Health Professions presents “Successful Aging,” an information forum addressing critical issues and aspects of aging in our society. The conference will take place on Saturday, November 4, from 10:00 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. in University Commons on the SHU campus at 5151 Park Avenue in Fairfield.

This event is free and open to the public. Free refreshments will be provided.

Successful Aging, a conference for seniors, their families, and caregivers, was created to promote geriatric health and wellness. Local geriatric specialists, vendors, and community agencies will discuss the broad spectrum of issues involved in ensuring geriatric quality of life.

Health professionals will offer free screenings and assessments of blood pressure, vision, hearing, balance, and reach. Resources for dementia and stroke support, financial planning, nutrition, and living options will be available.

In addition, scheduled break-out sessions include: 

Financial Planning Basics
Ameriprise financial advisor Mary Ann Bunting will present an overview specifically geared to the concerns of seniors, including estate planning, life insurance, long-term care insurance, and retirement planning.

Healthy Aging
Dr. Pam Hoffman and Connie Greene, R.N., will offer their expert perspectives on healthy longevity, nutrition, and holistic considerations for geriatric health and wellness.

Safe at Home
Mary Ellen Johnson, professor of Occupational Therapy and partner in Livabilities, will offer a presentation and answer questions about adapting the home environment for continued independence and safety.

Legal Issues for Seniors
Bridgeport attorney Ellen Morgan will discuss important legal issues facing the senior sector, including standard and living will preparation, conservatorship, guardianship, power of attorney, and important documents.

Social Services for Seniors and Caregivers
A panel discussion with representatives from the Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging will provide a comprehensive overview of local resources for advocacy, respite and home care, and other community services.

Dianne Davis, R.N., from the Adler Geriatric Assessment Center at Yale-New Haven Hospital will present a comprehensive overview of the diagnosis and treatment of dementia.

“Successful Aging” is sponsored by the Advocacy Committee of the College of Education and Health Professions at Sacred Heart University.

To register or for more information on “Successful Aging” at Sacred Heart University, call 203-396-8257.