K-State Research and Extension News
January 15, 2013
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Older, Wiser: Spring Conference on Aging Announced

CHANUTE, Kan. – Aging with Attitude, a one-day regional conference focusing on issues associated with aging – and adding quality to life during the process – is being planned for April 26, 2013.  

The conference will be held at the Wesley United Methodist Church at 500 Leawood Drive in Parsons, Kan., with sessions planned from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.  Registration is $15 per person and includes lunch, refreshments, prizes and a resource fair.

The conference is recommended for adults, their families and caregivers, said Gayle Price, K-State Research and Extension area family and consumer sciences specialist based in Chanute, Kan., and serving southeast Kansas.  

The conference is a multi-agency collaboration of program and service providers in southeast Kansas, Price said.

This year, Nina Chen, a human development specialist with the University of Missouri Extension, will keynote the conference by sharing her insight into the role, as well as the power of humor in everyday living and its effect on physical, mental and emotional health.

According to Chen, humor can reduce stress and increase productivity, said Price, who noted that Chen’s message promises to be inspiring, as we often don’t stop to think how humor can have a positive impact on our lives.

Attendees are invited to choose four educational sessions (from eight offered):

* “Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?” - Lois Carlson, retired K-State Research and Extension family and consumer sciences agent.

* “Tourism in Southeast Kansas” - Jim Zaleski, director, Labette County tourism.

* “Balance and Falls as We Age” - Kizmi Olson, physical therapist at Labette Health.

* “Prescription Drug Interactions” - Robyn Harrell, pharmacist, Lindburg Pharmacy, Pittsburg, Kan.

* “Money Tips for 2013 – and Beyond” - Elizabeth Kiss, K-State Research and Extension state family resource management specialist.

* “Meals for One or Two” - Barbara Ames, K-State Research and Extension family and consumer sciences agent, Wildcat Extension District.

* “Safe at Home – How Safe is Your Home?” - Heather Odell, physical therapist with Angels Care Home Health, Chanute, Kan.

* “Conversations about Safe Driving” - Jill Frost-Steward, Ph.D. candidate in family studies and human services/adult development and aging at Kansas State University.

A registration of $15 per person is due by Monday, April 15. Registration at the door on the day of the conference will be available for $25 per person, but lunch and conference materials cannot be guaranteed for late registrants.

For registration or more information, go to Southeast Area Office or call, the K-State Research and Extension Southeast Area office at: 620-431-1530.


K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.

Story by: Nancy Peterson
K-State Research & Extension News

M. Gayle Price is at 620-431-1530 or gprice@ksu.edu