Neighbors Who Care is once again hosting our annual Aging Made Easier Conference on Tuesday, January 30, 2024. This event is designed to provide practical and insightful education and resource information on aging gracefully to members of our community.
As in previous years, we are pleased to announce that this conference is offered to you at no cost, thanks to our many wonderful sponsors, including Amada Senior Care who is returning once again as our Premier Conference Sponsor.
Details You Need to Know
Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2024
Time: 8:30am – 12:30pm. Doors will open at 8:15am, so please plan your arrival accordingly. No need to arrive too early to get a seat. We will start with the Resource Fair and then there are plenty of accessible seats available for our speaker sessions.
Location: Risen Savior Lutheran Church, 23620 S. Alma School Road, Chandler, 85248 (this is the contemporary worship center at the church’s north campus, next to the Safeway shopping center where Chandler Heights Road intersects with Alma School Road).
Parking: Attendees may park in the lot directly in front of the worship center. Designated disabled parking may not be available to all who require it, but we will have volunteer-driven golf carts to accommodate those who need additional assistance. If you know someone else who is attending, please carpool!
What You Can Expect at Aging Made Easier
This year’s conference theme is “What You Don’t Know About Getting Older” and will include expert speakers and two rooms full of senior services providers ready to share with you at our conference Resource Fair.
Our Keynote Speaker is Social Gerontologist, Benjamin Surmi, MSG. Benjamin is the Director of Education and Culture for Koelsch Communities where he leads the Koelsch Innovation Lab, guides wellness and culture programming, and pursues highly efficient training for thousands of team members at Koelsch senior living communities in Washington, California, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Arizona, Texas, and Illinois.
Benjamin’s keynote presentation, titled “Unlocking the Power of Perspective in Aging Gracefully,” will feature examples of area residents who are approaching getting older with a positive attitude and the difference that it is making in their lives.
Our Opening Speaker is Tawnya Williams-Christensen from Fellowship Square who will address the importance of social connection and why it is so integral to our overall health and well-being.
Rounding out our speaker sessions is a panel of experts who will address a variety of subjects under the banner of “What You Can Do Today to Prepare for Your Tomorrow.” Panelists and their topics include the following:
• Kimberly Akers, Co-Owner of Amada Senior Care – “A Proactive Approach to Building Your Care Team”
• Henry Grosjean, Owner of Veteran Improved Pension – “Veteran Education Awareness Equals a Tax-Free Benefit”
• Jamie Sparrow, D.O., Medical Director of Geriatric Solutions – “Tips to understanding Your Medication”
• Vickie Aigner, Founder & Chief Fitness Officer of Alive, Fit, & Free – “Wellness for Every Age & Ability.”
Our host location, Risen Savior Lutheran Church, has designed their Contemporary Worship Center, the site of our speaker presentations, with state-of-the-art accommodations for visitors. There is plenty of accessible seating for those with walkers and wheelchairs, outlets for those needing to plug in oxygen tanks, and connection for those with Bluetooth hearing aids. Show on Map
Coffee and light refreshments will be served in the Resource Fair Hall, but may not be brought into the Worship Center. Bottled or contained water is permitted.
We will have volunteers on hand to assist and answer any questions you may have.
Who Should Attend This Conference
We all understand that getting older is a natural part of life. We also know that our paths to aging cannot be predicted. But the truth is that, no matter our journey, we are all going to need help at one point or another. That is why we believe that this conference is so valuable.
Aging Made Easier will enlighten you to a variety of senior-focused services and insights that can help alleviate some of the potential challenges that older adults face. At Neighbors Who Care, we believe that we all should “Be Aware and Be Prepared” when it comes to getting older, which is exactly why we present our Aging Made Easier Conference year after year.
Aging Made Easier is appropriate for whatever stage of life you are in. Whether you are currently in the aging process (in reality, aren’t we all?) or a spouse, family member, or friend caring for a loved one, you will come away with some valuable knowledge and resources that you can put into practice now and in the future.
The conference is open to the public, and we welcome attendees from Sun Lakes, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe, Queen Creek, Ahwatukee, Scottsdale, Phoenix, and surrounding areas. Please join us!
How to Register
Signing up for Aging Made Easier is simple. We encourage you to register online at Eventbrite.com OR you may call the Neighbors Who Care office at (480) 895-7133, ext. 170. We will need your name, email address, and phone number for contact purposes.
Program updates and information will be provided to attendees as we get closer to the conference date. Once you’ve registered, please check your email inbox in January for more information.
Looking forward to seeing you there!