Health and Family Services Cabinet
State aging network conference announced
Registration currently is under way for the statewide aging network conference Sept. 6–8 at Louisville’s Galt House Hotel and Suites. The conference is sponsored by the state Division of Aging Services and the 15 Area Agencies on Aging.
Conference participants come from all over Kentucky and represent a wide array of service specialties – from homecare services, adult protection, public housing and health care, to senior citizen center and nursing home administration, law enforcement and employment services. Continuing education units will be offered.
The theme of the 2006 conference is Kentucky Healthy Aging – Making More of Life. The conference features workshops and presentations on topics of interest to aging services professionals. Topics include elder abuse and exploitation; homeland security and pandemic flu preparation; substance abuse in older adults; care giving and health care services; and Medicaid modernization.
Among the speakers scheduled to appear are Sandy Markwood, chief executive officer of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, who will open the conference with a presentation on community preparedness for rapid aging population growth. LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and author of Chicken Soup for the Caregiver's Soul, will speak on her experiences from the 1975 Vietnam orphan airlift and 35 years as a nurse.
Register for the aging network conference online at http://chfs.ky.gov/dhss/das/. For more information, call Willa Thomas at (502) 564-6930.