12th Annual Aging Well Conference Taking Place in Evanston on May 7

As part of Older Americans Month, more than 15 organizations are coming together to sponsor the 12th Annual Aging Well Conference, taking place from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Friday, May 7, 2010 at the North Shore Retirement Hotel, 1611 Chicago Ave., Evanston. Admission is free but reservations are required. Continental breakfast will be served.

The Aging Well Conference focuses on strategies for successful aging and is targeted to older adults, their families and elder care professionals. The event will open with a welcome from Evanston Mayor Elizabeth B. Tisdahl, followed by Keynote Speaker John Glaser, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, Washington, D.C.

Two sets of sessions will be presented; attendees can attend one session in each time period. Sessions include:

First Session/9:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m.

  • Adaptive Design – Age in Place in Comfort and Style
  • Be a Savvy Medicare Consumer
  • Building Better Bones
  • How to Get Your ZZZZ’s
  • Move with NIA
  • Sexuality and Aging
  • Staying Connected When Challenged with Vision Loss

Second Session/10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

  • Building Community in the “New” Old Neighborhood
  • Conscious Cuisine
  • Have You Heard the News?
  • Keeping Your Marbles!
  • Stay Fit and Have Fun at Home!
  • You’re Retired…. Now What?
  • 3-2-1 Action!

Guitarist Mark Dvorak, whose style is compared to that of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, will conclude the conference.

Registration is required and can be completed several ways: by visiting www.cityofevanston.org/agingwell; faxing a registration form to 847/328-1295; or mailing the form to the 12th Annual Aging Well Conference, Metropolitan Family Services, 820 Davis St., Suite 450, Evanston, IL 60201. Attendance is limited to the first 250 individuals to be registered.

Metropolitan Family Services is offering 3.0 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) for certain sessions to Licensed Social Workers and Licensed Professional Counselors. CEU certificates will be mailed post-conference to participants. Attendance certificates will be available.

Special Note: In addition to the May 7 conference a special film presentation will take place Wednesday, May 12 at 7p.m. as The Aging Well Conference and the Reeltime Independent Film and Video Forum present a sneak preview of “I Know a Woman Like That,” a documentary by Emmy Award Winner Elaine Madsen that explores the lives of extraordinary women ages 64 – 94. Featured women include Eartha Kitt, Lauren Hutton and former Evanston Mayor Lorraine Morton. The film will be shown at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. No registration is required, but seating is limited.

Collaborating Sponsors for the Aging Well Conference include CJE SeniorLife, Covenant Methodist Home Care, Evanston Commission on Aging, Evanston Levy Senior Center, Evanston Mental Health Board, Evanston Public Library, Evanston/Skokie Valley Senior Services, Expri Printing, Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs, LivHOME, Inc., Metropolitan Family Services Evanston/Skokie Valley Center, Evanston/Skokie ValleyNorth Shore Retirement Hotel, North Shore Village, PEER Services, Inc. and Reeltime Independent Film and Video Forum and Seniors Action Service, Inc.

About Metropolitan Family Services
Metropolitan Family Services, one of Chicago’s first and largest human services organizations, strengthens more than 50,000 low-income individuals and families throughout Chicago and the suburbs each year.