K-State Research and Extension News
February 03, 2012
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Spring Conference to Offer Tips on Aging

CHANUTE, Kan. – As with other stages of life, there’s a positive side to aging, with more time to explore new interests, ideas, choices -- and opportunities.

Lifelong learning is known to add quality to life, and that’s why aging adults, their families and caregivers are invited to attend “Aging with Attitude,” April 27, 2012, in Chanute, Kan. 

The one-day conference will focus on tips for improving physical, mental and financial health, said Gayle Price, a spokesperson for southeast area K-State Research and Extension offices, collaborating with regional program and service providers to organize the event.

The conference is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the First Baptist Church Good News Center, located at 118 North Forest in Chanute.

Sally Bailey, professor at Kansas State University, will keynote the conference with tips for improving health through the arts.

As part of Bailey’s presentation, a Manhattan, Kan. theatre group of adults 50 years of age and older will present a short, original play about aging with attitude through the arts to demonstrate physical and mental benefits.

Attendees are invited to choose four educational sessions from 12 conference offerings, with topics that include: fall and fire prevention; applying for Medicaid; depression and anxiety associated with aging; volunteer opportunities and why they matter; benefits of physical activity; identifying and preventing fraud; choosing a healthy meal; hearing aids, balance, and dizziness; elder abuse, neglect and exploitation; basics of Medicare; computer and cell phone security.

The cost to attend the conference is $15 if paid by April 16. The fee includes refreshment breaks, lunch, and program materials. The charge for registration at the door is $25. Lunch and program materials cannot be guaranteed for late registrants.

Registration and a conference brochure with more information are available at K-State Research and Extension offices; online and by calling Gayle Price: 620-431-1530.

Joining K-State Research and Extension as educational sponsors and partners are the Alzheimer’s Association, Heart of America Chapter; Angels Care Home Health of Chanute; Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center; Southeast Kansas Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (SEK-RSVP) sponsored by Neosho County Community College, and Via Christi Hospital Pittsburg, Inc.


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 at gprice@ksu.edu or 620-431-1530