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March 20, 2017

Age Into Action: Active aging expo

Submitted by Jennifer Wilson

K-State Research and Extension in Riley, Geary, Pottawatomie, Marshall and Wabaunsee counties are teaming up to host Age Into Action, an active aging expo, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at St. George Elementary in St. George.

In today's world, many of us will enjoy health and vitality that lead to longer life expectancies than previous generations. This also means many individuals will spend a third of their lives in retirement. There are a lot of myths and beliefs about what it means to be old, and society expects the aging population to conform to these expectations. The truth is, there is no standard way of aging. Like any other life stage, it looks different for each of us, and there is no reason why this stage can't be the most meaningful of all.

The expo will include workshops, speakers and a resource fair. Breakout sessions include topics on understanding dementia, eating for health, cooking for one or two, driving safely and knowing when to stop driving, and having difficult family conversations around aging topics such as downsizing and dividing up household possessions. Other topics include bird-watching, container gardening and the Flint Hills Quilt Trail.

Gayle Doll, director of the K-State Center for Aging and the event's keynote speaker, will present "Re-inventing Retirement."

Early bird registration for the event is $20, due by March 20, and includes lunch, snacks, program materials and a resource fair. Registration on March 21-24 is $25. 

For more information or to have a booth at the resource fair, please contact the Riley County extension office at 785-537-6350.