Aging conference set for Oct. 12

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The CK Celebration of Older Adults is hosting a free event, with lunch included, for seniors next month.

The Celebration of Older Adults: Aging Well Conference will take place Oct. 12 at Hidden Hills Golf and Country Club on Highway 40 north of Chatham.

One of the event organizers, Marjorie Crew, said the conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and features short seminars on a variety of topics.

Those include wills and estate planning; fraud and scam education; aging in place; yoga; and how to downsize your home and belongings.

Local professionals will provide the information, and there will be other community service groups and organizations on hand as well.

Crew said the topics focus on key issues that impact people’s lives.

“We have all different types of help, from planning your will and learning about powers of attorney – how to protect yourself as you age and being prepared for things in life where you may not have the capacity to make decisions at some point,” she said. “Downsizing – what do you get rid of? It’s about how you move into a smaller home. Sometimes you don’t want to get rid of mementoes, but you put them in boxes for your kids and they don’t want it.”

In terms of scams and frauds, the seminar is put on by Chatham-Kent police, and Crew said seniors are heavily targetted by scammers.

“Seniors are always being victimized,” she said.

Information on aging in place could help seniors continue to live independently for longer.

Crew said there is capacity for about 160 participants.

“This will be an interactive, fun morning. It’s not your typical seniors’ expo,” she said.

If anyone is in need of transportation to and from the event, they can call Family Service Kent at 519-354-6221, ext. 242.

Crew said while the event is free, you do have to register through EventBrite.com.

If someone had difficulty navigating across the Internet, they can call Crew at 519-354-6221, ext. 241 for assistance.

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