19th Annual Seniors & Caregivers Conference at Active Re-Entry

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It’s time once again for Active Re-Entry’s Annual Caregivers & Seniors Conference which will be held April 26th at Active Re-Entry. This will be the 19th year Active Re-Entry has sponsored the conference which address issues of caring for a loved one as well as issues related to our aging population.

The conference will begin with a continental breakfast at 8:30. At 9:00, Mathew Health, RN Case Manager, with the Price Veterans Clinic will present on services available locally to Veterans through the clinic as well as other VA services and programs.

Dr. Jeffery Hansen from the Eastern Utah Eye Clinic will talk about vision problems that often occur as a result of aging, such as Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy and cataracts, as well as things you can do to improve eye health.

With many changes taking place in health care reform and the Affordable Care Act, Darren Hotten, from the Utah State Health Insurance Program will provide information on changes in Medicare such as free wellness exams and screenings. Darren will also provide information on Medicare drug programs and Medicare supplemental insurance policies.

A popular topic from last year=s conference was Easy Exercises for Seniors. Diana Root, Fitness Instructor, will demonstrate easy exercises that can be done by almost anyone with minimal equipment and effort. These exercises are simple but very effective ways of increasing strength, flexibility and stamina.

With many changes taking place in health care reform and the Affordable Care Act, Darren Hotten, from the Utah State Health Insurance Program will provide information on changes in Medicare such as free wellness exams and screenings. Darren will also provide information on Medicare drug programs and Medicare supplemental insurance policies.

Michelle Harvey, Access to Justice Coordinator, will present information on a new program starting up in this area. This program seeks to find attorneys to provide pro bono legal services for low income clients, provide free legal clinics and match attorneys and qualified clients.

With Elder Abuse Prevention month coming up, Austin Cartwright from Adult Protective Services will talk about possible signs of elder abuse and exploitation as well as resources and appropriate steps to take if abuse is suspected. The conference will conclude with Daniel Heaton, Doctor of Pharmacy, talking about medication management, drug interactions, and immunizations for the elderly.

8:30 ~ 9:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast 9:00 ~ 9:45 am Local Veterans Services ~ Mathew Health , RN Case Manager, VA Price Clinic 9:45 ~ 10:30 am Vision Problems in Aging Adults ~ Dr. Jeffery Hansen, Eastern Utah Eye Physicians 10:30 ~ 11:00 am Break 11:00 ~ 11:45 am Medicare Changes ~Darren Hotton, Manager, Utah State Health Insurance Program 11:45 ~ 12:15 pm Easy Exercises for Seniors ~ Diana Root, Fitness Instructor 12:15 ~ 1:00 pm Lunch 1:00 ~ 1:30 pm How to Obtain Free Legal Services ~ Michelle Harvey, Access to Justice Coordinator, Utah State Bar Association 1:30 ~ 2:00 pm Elder Abuse Prevention ~ Austin Cartwright, Case Manager, Adult Protective Services 2:00 ~ 2:45 pm Medication Management ~ Daniel Heaton, PharmD

Cost for the conference is $5 for caregivers and seniors, $35 for agency personnel and includes a continental breakfast, breaks, lunch and conference information packet. Registration deadline is April 23. For more information call Active Re-Entry at 435-637-4950.

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