To educate the community and to promote successful aging in Kent County, HomePorts will hold its 2nd annual symposium on Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at the Gibson Center for the Arts, Washington College, in Chestertown. Co-sponsors include the local Area
Agency on Aging (Upper Shore Aging, Inc.), Washington College, Kent County Health Department, and the Chester River Health System.
The theme will be ““Developing an action plan for smart aging”. The opening session will be followed by discussions facilitated by local specialists, and a keynote speaker. Discussion topics, in the form of workshops to be completed by each attendee, will be:
*Taking Charge: Your Health
*Taking Charge: Where you Live
*Taking Charge: Your Financial and Legal Affairs
During the session, each attendee will develop a personal aging plan in order to better self-manage health and safety issues to prolong independent living. Emphasis will be placed on implementation of the plan, i.e., follow-through on actions to ensure success of the plan.
A number of exhibitors are expected, with information on health care, recreation, assistive equipment, and other products and services available.
Attendees will gain knowledge to ultimately reduce the demands on the healthcare and social services systems. All will leave the symposium better equipped with tools to help themselves, their more elderly parents, or aging relatives and friends.
The event has been organized by HomePorts, Inc., the local non-profit aging-in-place organization for older adults. For those 55 or older, HomePorts members have access to a cadre of volunteers, as well as referrals to reliable local service providers for transportation; interior and exterior home maintenance; grocery and meal services; personal assistance and troubleshooting; and health and wellness activities.
For more information, call 443-480-0940, visit www.homeports.org, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.