2013-04-11 / Lifestyles

Conference set for seniors

Annual event features speakers, door prizes

ESCANABA – The 11th annual Senior Living Conference will be held May 9, at the Terrace Bay Inn between Escanaba and Gladstone.

The event, sponsored by the Delta Council on Aging, has been a sellout for the past several years, according to Dr. William LeMire, council chair. The conference is well known for providing information that is both useful and entertaining, helping conference goers live their lives to the fullest, LeMire said.

This year’s conference fee is $5 and preregistration must be completed by May 3. For a preregistration form call the Community Action Agency, 786-7080, or stop by the CAA administrative office, 507 1st Ave. N., Escanaba.

The event will begin with an 8:30 a.m. registration. The conference begins at 9 a.m. and is scheduled to end at 2:30 p.m. Main speakers and topics are:

John P. Beck, an associate professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations in Michigan State University. Beck has presented and published on various aspects of Michigan’s labor history, focusing on iron miners, copper miners and dockworkers. He is currently serving as state scholar for the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit, “The Way We Worked”.

Paula Mamelis, as part of the Michigan Attorney General’s Office Senior Brigade, will discuss phone and mail scams. Mamelis has a Bachelor of Science degree in community development with a minor in community services. She is part of the Attorney General’s Cyber Safety Initiative and Senior Brigade.

Jimmy and Sally Bruce of Escanaba have been AARP Michigan volunteers for 15 years, serving as outreach coordinators, fraud fighters, legislative advocates and long-term care advocates. They also recently received AARP training on the Affordable Care Act.

A 15-minute exercise demonstration from Amy Racine, YMCA of Delta County Health and Wellness Specialist.

The program will also include door prizes, a luncheon deli buffet, and brief presentations from conference cosponsors, including Skradski Family Funeral Homes, OSF St. Francis Hospital, Lakeview Assisted Living, and the Upper Peninsula State Bank.

“The Council on Aging was formed with one goal in mind – to create and maintain this annual conference,” LeMire said. “Council members work hard to find interesting speakers who both enlighten and entertain. Each spring we try to outdo ourselves from the previous year and put together a program that will warm the hearts of participants. Once again I believe we have succeeded.”

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