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Extension Agent: Annual aging conference offers information, health screening

By By Erika Bochat
May 8, 2012 at 12:08 a.m.


IF YOU GO• WHO: Citizens Medical Center Golden Crescent Area Agency on Aging Texas AgriLife Extension

• WHAT: Healthy Aging Conference

• WHEN: 8:20 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 17

• WHERE: Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St.

• COST: $2 at the door, includes presentations, health fair, light breakfast and box lunch

• REGISTRATION: Victoria County Extension Office at 361-575-4581


2012 HEALTHY AGING CONFERENCEDoors open to health fair at 8:30 a.m. Presentations start at 10 a.m.

SESSION 1: 10-10:45 a.m.

• Room 1-2 The Aging Cardiovascular System - Tywaun K. Tillmann, MD, of Cardiovascular Associates of Victoria

• Room 3 - Fall Prevention - Stacey Betts, BS, of Citizens HealthPlex

• Room 4 - Cataracts and Aging Eyes - Joseph Parker, DO, of the Victoria Eye Center

SESSION 2 11 to 11:45 a.m.

• Room 1-2 - Asthma in the Older Adult - Robert E. Harvey, MD

• Room 3 - What's Up, Doc? Communicating with Healthcare Professionals - Suzanne Stone, RN, BAAS Coordinator of the Citizens Medical Center Chest Pain Center

• Room 4 - Container Gardening - Dick Nolen of the Victoria Master Gardeners

SESSION 3 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.

• Room 1-2 - Diabetes - Jean Gisler, Family Nurse Practitioner

• Room 3 - Medicare Fraud Prevention and Avoiding Scams & Bad Deals - Barbara McGinity, director of the Senior Medicare Patrol, and Alan Bligh, executive director of the Better Business Bureau

• Room 4 - Vitamins, Minerals and Herbs, Oh My! Smart and Safe Use of Dietary Supplements - Dianne Gertson, CEA-FCS with Texas AgriLife Extension Wharton County

The 14th annual Healthy Aging Conference is the only regional conference devoted exclusively to education and health screening for senior adults and caregivers. The conference is co-hosted by Citizens Medical Center, the Golden Crescent Area Agency on Aging and Texas AgriLife Extension.

The event features nine educational sessions and a large health fair. The conference will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, at the Victoria Community Center. The cost is $2 at the door and includes a light breakfast, healthy box lunch, free health screening tests and door prizes.

"The Conference gets bigger and bigger each year. Our goal is to promote healthy lifestyles. Our senior adults really look forward to their special day," said Erika Bochat, Victoria County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences. "We have several new topics and guest speakers this year, including presentations on cardiovascular health, fall prevention, cataracts, asthma, communicating with healthcare professionals, container gardening, diabetes, Medicare fraud and scam prevention, and safe use of dietary supplements."

The health fair will also have a variety of information on health and wellness and other resources for caregivers. Screenings will also be available, including blood pressure checks, cholesterol, blood sugar, bone density and pneumonia vaccinations, which is new this year.

"Add food and door prizes, and it is truly a worthwhile event," Bochat said.

Advance registration is encouraged to assure enough meals are ordered but walk-ins are welcome. Register by calling the Victoria County Extension office at 361-575-4581. Limited free transportation is available for persons age 60 and over, so call the Area Agency on Aging at 361-578-1587, Ext. 223.

Erika Bochat is a Victoria County extension agent-Family and Consumer Sciences.



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