Nationally Accredited Senior Center To Host Aging Conference


Mary Donaldson/KMXT

The Senior Citizens of Kodiak along with Kodiak Area Native Association will be hosting the 5th annual Aging Connection Conference in town next weekend. Mary Donaldson has more.

Senior citizens, baby boomers and caregivers to the elderly are all invited to take part in a two day conference being held at the Kodiak Senior Center. Marlo Moore works for the Senior Center and is the program coordinator for the event. She says education will be on several aging topics.

(Moore 1 :40s “…end of life issues.”)

Moore says end of life issues include funeral arrangements, wills, trusts, and more importantly how to approach these topics with a loved one or for the senior citizen themselves. There will also be a wealth of information dealing with aging concerns for the individual.

(Moore 2 :31s “…keeping them sharp.”)

Other matters that will be discussed are aging diseases like Alzheimer’s, and all of the different aspects involved with it, for instance what signs to be aware of it if it develops in an individual. The list of speakers, both local and from out of town, will address financial issues, economic issues and resources, the connection of families and aging, and the dilemmas and concerns involved with growing older. Moore says with education and support, the aging process can be a smooth transition for everyone involved, which is the ultimate goal for the conference.

(Moore 3 :38s “…in those issues.”)

The Aging Connection Conference will begin Saturday September 13th, starting at 9 a.m. running until 4 p.m., and on Sunday the 14th from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Kodiak Senior Center. Those interested can find registration forms at KANA, Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center or at the Senior Center.

The center was recently re-accredited by the National Council on Aging and the National Institute of Senior Centers, and remains the first and only nationally accredited senior center in Alaska. The senior center recently went through a rigorous self-assessment which was reviewed by national peer reviewers. A minimum score of 75 is required for each standard in order to pass accreditation.

I’m Mary Donaldson.



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