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First annual Aging Network Conference announced; Diverse agenda features information on healthy aging

Press Release Date:  Thursday, August 18, 2005  
Contact Information:  Lisa Wallace
(502) 564-6180 ext. 4013

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 18, 2005) -- The Kentucky Area Agencies on Aging Association and the state Division of Aging Services in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services will jointly host the first annual Aging Network Conference Sept. 7-9 at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort in Lexington.

The theme “Healthy Aging – Living the Dream” reflects the conference focus on the value to seniors of adopting healthy lifestyle habits and access to affordable, quality health care, as well as the value to communities of developing resources to accommodate the needs of a healthy elder population.

“Anyone in any aging services field is encouraged to attend,” said Bill Cooper, director of the aging services agency.  “From service providers, case managers, social workers and caregivers, to ombudsmen, housing specialists, adult day care administrators and advocates, this conference will have current, useful information and networking opportunities for everyone.”

The conference will offer learning and discussion sessions on topics including nutrition and the state health insurance assistance program, a valuable resource for those seeking information and assistance concerning Medicare, prescription drug discount programs and other elder health insurance topics. 

Featured speakers and session leaders include Constantinos Miskis, regional director of the U.S. Administration on Aging, who will open the conference with an update from Washington, D.C.

Marianne Smith-Edge, president of MSE and Associates, a food service and nutrition management consultant service and past president of the American Dietetic Association, will lead a discussion on different management and leadership styles and their effectiveness in the face of a changing aging services industry.

Virginia Drake, a motivational speaker and consultant, will close the conference with a presentation on the “Power of Yes.”

Registration remains open until Aug. 26.  For more information or to register for the conference by phone, call the Division of Aging Services at 859-564-6930 or download a registration application from the Division of Aging Services Web site at



Last Updated 8/18/2005