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2009.09.09 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Two-Day Conference at UNO Celebrates Aging

Omaha - You’ve heard the expression “age is a state of mind.” If that’s the case, how old are you?

A two-day conference in Omaha will introduce people, information and stories guaranteed to bring passion and purpose to the lives of attendees at any age.

“Aging with Passion & Purpose,” a conference on aging, will be held Sunday, Oct. 18 and Monday, Oct. 19 at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Milo Bail Student Center.

“People are conducting research and gathering information on caregiving to better understand the challenges and benefits of caring for persons in later life,” said Julie Masters, chair of the UNO Department of Gerontology. “Support of these efforts makes a tremendous difference as we work to find answers to the problems facing society today.”

Co-founder of Home Instead Senior Care, a rapidly growing worldwide franchise network that started in Omaha in 1994, Lori Hogan, agrees with Masters. Hogan is one of many presenters developing and personalizing a message for professionals, caregivers and anyone who loves an older adult.

“When we know what’s available, who to call, and how to address difficult circumstances, we can make a difference in the lives of older adults,” said Tom Adams, executive director for CHAMPS/Center for Healthy Aging, Ministries, Programs and Services in Omaha.

“If you look at the agenda for this conference, you will see an involvement of the community that is outstanding, from people talking about the loss of their spouse to dementia, medical doctors talking about the changes in geriatric care and presentations on spiritual life and aging,” Adams said. “It’s a great mix of current research and practical application to real life.”

To register for the conference, call (402) 895-2224 or visit www.champsonline.info. Cost is $25 per person on Sunday, $75 on Monday, and $90 for both days. Seniors and enrolled students will be offered a reduced rate.

For more information, contact Wendy Townley at (402) 554-2762 or wtownley@unomaha.edu; or visit www.champsonline.info.

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