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Staying Active & Well For Indiana’s Older Americans Month

Image: Proclamation from Governor Mike Pence naming May "Indiana Older Americans Month."
Image: Proclamation from Governor Mike Pence naming May "Indiana Older Americans Month."
May 2, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana's aging population is being recognized this month with a proclamation by Gov. Mike Pence. Events focusing on keeping older Hoosiers well and active are happening during May's "Older Americans Month."

The 10th Annual Aging Well Conference will be held May 23 at Ball State University in Muncie. Serious and fun topics will be covered, said Joy Winslow, wellness manager for Lifestream Services.

"Chronic disease self-management, elder law, Tai Chi. We're also going to be doing a cooking demonstration with the Purdue Extension, information for caregivers and mental-health issues for older adults," she said.

Participants must pre-register for the conference, Winslow said. An AARP defensive-driving class also will take place in Muncie.

An Aging Well Retreat will be held next week in southwest Indiana. Laura Holscher, executive director of Generations at Vincennes University, said the aim is to provide inspiration for older Hoosiers through workshops and demonstrations.

"The library is going to come and talk about basics for iPad and how to use an iPad, because we've had some requests for that," she said. "It's a fun-filled day and we're just really excited."

Noting an increase in the number of seniors targeted by scammers, Holscher said her group wants to keep folks up to date and safe.

"We've got Sgt. Chad Dick from the Indiana State Police who is going to come and talk to us about identity theft and how to avoid scams and what to listen for, what to look for, if you get this kind of a call or someone comes to your door," she said.

Elsewhere in Indiana, a senior health fair is taking place today in Portage, and a senior-citizen picnic is set for Clay County May 24. For information about other events around the state, call 800-986-3503 or your local Area Agency on Aging.

Leigh DeNoon, Public News Service - IN