by Carol Higgins Taylor
Eastern Area Agency on Aging
As promised last week, today we’re talking about the informational break-out sessions at the eighth annual Senior Expo, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at the Cross Insurance Center, Main Street, Bangor. These sessions are free and educational.
• 10:30 a.m.-noon: Estate Planning: How to Begin will give an insightful overview of what you need to know about estate planning, wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney, advance healthcare directives, and disability and long-term care planning.
• 10:30 a.m.-noon: Pain Management is a must if you are living with pain. Dr. Michael Noonan, Chiropractic Acupuncturist, will discuss some very effective, safe and natural alternative treatments for chronic pain, including chiropractic, acupuncture, food based and herbal supplements, as well as simple lifestyle changes.
• 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m.: After the Diagnosis: A Roadmap for Navigating a Good Life with Dementia will provide the roadmap you need to navigate your new reality. Fear of dementia is so all-consuming that many may feel like giving up on life altogether — assuming the worst when, in fact, they may have the faculties and the time to continue living well for a considerable while. Come and have your questions answered and explore what it means to have a good life with dementia.
• 12:30-2 p.m.: Managing Risk in Investing. The two general types of risk are losing money, which one can identify as investment risk and the risk of losing buying power which is inflation risk. In the seminar, we will discuss asset allocation and diversification as a ways to minimize risks of investing and preserving capital.
• 1-2:30 p.m.: Handling Your Finances and Budget. A budget helps you get the most out of your money. Regardless of economic standing or which generation you fall into, every consumer can benefit from creating and managing a budget. In the seminar, we will discuss strategies of creating and following a budget.
• 12:30-2 p.m.: Overview of AARP Driver Safety course. Sue Poole, instructor, will give a comprehensive look at the AARP Driver Safety course and will have a sign-up sheet for anyone who wishes to take the full class that incorporates changes in road conditions and vehicles. The goal of the class is to help keep older drivers independent, safe and confident while on the road.
• 2:30-4 p.m.: Healthcare associated infections can occur in a hospital, outpatient surgery center, nursing home, rehabilitation facility or other care setting. Healthcare professionals take several measures to help prevent the spread of healthcare associated infections, and by being an active participant in their own care, patients can do many things to reduce their risk. Join EMMC for a presentation and question and answer session about how healthcare providers and patients can work together to reduce the risk of healthcare associated infections.
• 2:30-4 p.m.: The 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s, presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, is for anyone interested in learning more about the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease. You’ll gain a greater understanding of the difference between age-related memory loss and dementia and what to do if you or a loved one has signs of Alzheimer’s disease. At this workshop, you will learn: How to tell the difference between Alzheimer’s and typical aging, steps to take if you recognize a warning sign in yourself or someone you know, the process to receiving an Alzheimer’s diagnosis and why early detection is crucial.
• 4:30-6 p.m.: Overview of Health and Wellness Programs at EAAA. Learn about Matter of Balance fall-risk prevention, and the Growing Stronger class that increases muscle strength through the use of weights.
Next week, read about the documentary films on aging that will be shown at the Senior Expo.
Carol Higgins Taylor is the director of community education at Eastern Area Agency on Aging. For information, call 941-2865 or visit eaaa.org.