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Conference on aging version 2

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 17, 2016

Contact:  Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936

                Chuck Council, Communications Specialist, DPHHS, (406) 444-4391

 

48th annual Governor’s Conference on Aging is Sept. 13-15

 

The 48th Annual Governor’s Conference on Aging will be held in Billings at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center September 13-15, 2016.

Conference attendees will receive important information and education on issues impacting seniors, adults with disabilities, families and caregivers.

This year the conference is also collaborating with the state Home and Community Based Services Program (HCBS) to provide valuable information for caregivers and direct support programs.

The conference will also include a HCBS awards banquet that will recognize caregivers and agencies that provide outstanding and exemplary contributions and services. The award categories include direct care, program or service, leadership or advocacy, family member, volunteer and the Pam Davis Award.

The event’s keynote speakers include: co-presenters Lance Robertson, Director, Aging Services, Oklahoma Department of Human Services and Dr. Whitney Bailey, Professor, Oklahoma State University will speak on “How Families Can Get Ahead Of Care Choices”.

Maryland’s Michael Smull, of the Learning Center for Person Centered Practices will address “How To Have Positive Control Over Your Life”. Advocate and author Julie Beckett, of Ohio, will present how “One Person Can Make A Difference- The Importance Of Advocacy”.

There will be over 20 breakout sessions offered throughout the conference. Topics include healthy aging, guardianship issues, protecting elders from fraud and scams, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program, workshops to motivate persons who struggle with limited mobility and activities, Alzheimer’s, dementia and other related disorders, Lifespan Respite and caregiving, peer supports, suicide prevention and mental health. 

The conference includes several special events, including a Kickoff Mini Walk to End Alzheimer’s; the annual luncheon honoring our Montana Centenarians with Lt. Governor Mike Cooney; and a special nordic walking clinic with Dr. Pam Roberts, Journey to Wellness.

Online registration is available until September 2 at http://dphhs.mt.gov/sltc/aging/GovernorsConferenceonAging

or contact Jackie Stoeckel at (406)444-6061 or jstoeckel@mt.gov for more information.