Aging Well Breakout Sessions

Session I (choose 1) ~ 1:30 – 2:30PM

Creating Memory Fitness Programs for Older Adults

Kathryn Kilpatrick, MA, CCC/SLP, President, Communication Connection

When there are changes in memory with normal aging or beyond, older adults can benefit from having a better understanding of the keys to memory fitness including attitude, paying attention and improving lifestyle choices. Offering programs that will provide memory strategies, socialization opportunities and ongoing brain fitness activities has additional benefits. In this session, you will understand the basics of memory changes with normal aging and beyond; discuss components of a memory fitness program; and create activities in each of the key areas for memory fitness.

Going Beyond the Scale*

Jacqueline Drennan, Leader, Personal Coach & Ambassador, Weight Watchers

It is never too late to start a new life…age has nothing to do with it! Learn ideas and ways to take better care of yourself and those you serve, from the inside out. Explore nutritious eating plans, positive lifestyle changes, exercise and a healthy mindset. Learn tips and tricks for your health, as well as ways to help your clients. Go beyond the scale to make the rest of your life, your best life at any age.

Spirituality and Aging

Dr. May Wykle, PhD

Aging has its many dimensions including spirituality. Spirituality embodies a multitude of diverse experiences often focusing on reflection, personal growth and connectedness. This session will illustrate how the facets of spirituality influence the lives of older adults. In addition, effective practices will be shared on how spirituality is used as a social support intervention.

Session II (choose 1) ~ 2:45 – 3:45PM

Effective Stress Reduction Strategies: The Impact of Stress as We Age

Barbara Pajka, MEd, Trainer, Facilitator & Coach

Are you stressed? Overwhelmed? Stress is a major contributor to aging through wear and tear on body, mind and spirit. This session will enhance your awareness of possible causes and the symptoms of stress. Learn ways to define stress, explore stress management strategies and adopt easy techniques to help ease your body and mind, combating the negative effects of stress.

Benefits of Tai Chi*

Chris Burnett, Owner and Founder, Green Dragon Tai Chi and Qigong LLC

Tai chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it safe for older adults and individuals with disabilities. Get an introduction to Tai Chi and learn about the benefits, including decreased stress, increased energy, improved flexibility and muscle strength. Tai Chi has many benefits for older adults, improving cognitive strength, pain management, relaxation, and helping the body recover from illness or surgery. Evidence also suggests that Tai Chi may improve quality of sleep, lower blood pressure, reduce risk of falls, and reduce symptoms of chronic disease.

Spiritual Connection through Journaling

Kristina Austin, MSEd, LSW, Chief Marketing Officer, The Gathering Place

Engage in this interactive workshop to learn the benefits of journaling, especially as we age and the opportunity to explore and enhance ones spirituality.


*Not currently approved for CEUs*