Over thirty exhibitors were on hand offering information and advice at the HomePorts Healthy Aging symposium Wednesday, April 4, at Washington College. The event, co-hosted by the Chester River Health System and Upper Shore Aging, also included break-out groups, a buffet lunch, followed by a keynote address by Patrick Shanahan, M.D.[slideshow id=112]
Exhibitors in the Underwood Lobby of the Decker Theatre included healthcare providers and assistance, natural foods, home modifications, real estate, end of life planning and financial services. Drs. Helen Noble and William Trainor, along with Mary King, Nutrition Services Coordinator for the Chester River Hospital, discussed health issues; emotional, sleep, and diet, respectively. A second panel consisting of Steve Gurney; Frances Rodney, occupational therapist; and Joanna Blackburn, co-owner of Chestertown Physical Therapy, reviewed retirement living options, housing modifications and joint replacement. The third break-out group, entitle “Taking Charge of Your Financial and Legal Affairs” offered information on legal must-haves, with Eugenia Wooten, of Raisin & Wooten; life sustaining medical orders, Dave Rive of KC Emergency Medical Services; and possible changes in Medicare, by Michele Holzer, MD Dept. of Aging.
The event concluded with Dr. Patrick Shanahan, physician and Medical Director of Chester River Home Care and Hospice speaking on, “The Life Well-Lived.”