Wildcat Connection May 2018 - Page 10

Life comes in stages – the early years of growing and education, the middle years of working and maybe raising a family – and the later years, which can be even more challenging and more fulfilling than the earlier stages.

K-State Research and Extension teamed up with community partners to offer an “Aging with Attitude Regional Expo” to connect Kansans in the southeast part of the state with information and resources on Friday, April 27, in Iola, KS. The event included presentations, lunch, prizes and a resource fair from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the St. John’s Parish Center, 315 South St., Iola

Topics included “Living with Less”; “Intimacy in Later Life”; “Medicare Part D”; “Veteran’s Benefits”; “Have the Talk of a Lifetime”; ‘Stay Strong Stay Healthy’; ‘Health Benefits of Dance’.

Dr. Erin Yelland, assistant professor at Kansas State University delivered the keynote address, “So Now What? Picking Up the Pieces in Later Life.” A major life event has just happened – divorce, death, retirement, you name it! So, what’s next? Many older Americans face these challenges. This session explored picking up those pieces, discovering possibilities, and moving forward! Yelland, a K-State Research and Extension specialist in adult development and aging specializes in health and wellness across the lifespan, plus advance healthcare planning and Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia.

Aging with Attitude a Huge Success