2014-04-03 / Lifestyles

Senior Living Conference date set

ESCANABA – The 12th annual Senior Living Conference is scheduled for May 1, at the Island Resort and Casino. Seniors will learn how to keep fiscally and physically fit and also hear from a journalist who has been covering the Central Upper Peninsula for over 25 years.

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, he said.

This year’s conference costs $5 to attend and will include many excellent speakers, top quality sit-down lunch, door prizes and a gaming package. Preregistration is strongly urged and must be done by April 16. 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 8:50 and is scheduled to end at 2:30 p.m. Main speakers and topics are:

-Dorothy McKnight, lifestyles editor for the Daily Press. McKnight has won several regional and state awards during her journalism career. She is well know for writing touching and heartwarming stories about UP residents who have found success, often after overcoming serious challenges.

Like Art Linkletter, she also has discovered that kids do say the “darndest” things, and her Thanksgiving cooking directions from young children are an annual hit.

Paula Ramelis, who is part of the Michigan Attorney General’s Office Senior Brigade, will discuss phone and mail scams. Ramelis 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. She lives in the UP, is married, and has three children.

-Dr. Tony Kamerschen of OSF St. Francis Hospital. He specializes in sports medicine, preventive medicine, chronic disease management and end-oflife care.

The program will also include door prizes, a sit-down luncheon, and brief presentations from conference cosponsors.

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