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February 28, 2012
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‘The Best is Yet to Be’ Selected as Topic for 2012 Conference on Aging

Kansas’ Larry Hatteberg to be featured speaker


COLBY, Kan. – Older, and wiser, yet never too late to learn, and that’s why a one-day conference on issues and opportunities associated with older adults and the aging process is recommended for them, their families and caregivers.  

The 2012 edition of the regional Full Circle Aging Expo is titled: “The Best is Yet to Be,” said Tranda Watts, K-State Research and Extension multi-county specialist and spokesperson for the conference planning committee.

The event is scheduled April 27, 2012, from 9:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Parish Hall, U.S. Highway 24, in Hill City, Kan.

“The topics planned focus on key issues in aging, and offer strategies for managing challenges successfully, recognizing and taking advantage of opportunities to enhance life for older adults,” Watts said.

The featured speaker is television personality, Larry Hatteberg, who has titled his presentation: “Folks We Should Know.”

Andy Crocker, extension program specialist in gerontology and health with Texas A&M University, will serve as the keynote speaker and offer insight into “Lifestyle Choices and Your Health.”  Crocker also will offer one of six breakout sessions titled “Give Care, Take Care,” with tips for caregivers’ need to take care of themselves. Additional breakout sessions include:

* Making a Difference for Survivors and Family Members of Traumatic Brain Injury, presented by Debra Sellers, K-State Research and Extension specialist on adult development and aging.

* New Road Laws -- When to Give Up The Keys, presented by Tod Hileman, Trooper, Kansas Highway Patrol.

* Visiting and Communicating with the Alzheimer’s Patient, presented by Jenny Shipman, Alzheimer’s Association, Wichita, Kan.

* Tiny Garden, Big Rewards! presented by Holly Dickman, K-State Research and Extension horticulture agent, Ellis County, Kan.

* Aging with a Flair, presented by Virginia Slimmer, retired higher education administrator, Plainville, Kan.

The cost to attend the conference is $25 per person, or $40 for two family members. Registration is due by April 20, 2012.

Registration includes conference materials, refreshment breaks and lunch.

A limited number of registrations will be available at the door at a cost of $35, but lunch and conference materials cannot be guaranteed.

The Northwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging and Department of Health and Human Performance, Fort Hays State University join K-State Research and Extension in sponsoring the conference.

This year, a professional development track also is being offered to assist area residents and service providers in earning continuing education credits.

More information about the 2012 conferences is available online or by calling the Northwest Area K-State Research and Extension Office at 785-443-6281 during regular business hours (Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.). 


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

Tranda Watts is at 785-443-3663 or twwatts@ksu.edu; The Northwest Area Extension Office is at 785-462-6281