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Tuesday, November 16, 2021   

PORTLAND, Ore. -- This week, a conference is helping people live with intention as they get older.

The 10th annual Oregon Vital Aging Conference from AARP Oregon takes place virtually Wednesday and Thursday.

Elaine Friesen-Strang, volunteer state president of AARP Oregon, said one of the sessions at the conference is on brain health and wellness, which features the speaker Sarah Lenz Lock.

"She actually coordinates AARP's policy initiatives on brain health," Friesen-Strang explained. "She'll be talking about healthy aging and also how we can help those who are living with dementia."

Other session topics include aging in place, pocketbook management and personal storytelling, which will feature Native American traditional storyteller and poet Ed Edmo. The conference is free, and attendees must register to attend.

Although the conference has been in person in the past, Friesen-Strang pointed out there are advantages to having it online.

"Obviously, because of COVID we're not doing in-person to protect the health and safety of all of us," Friesen-Strang explained. "But the good thing about doing a virtual conference is that you can enjoy this from the comfort of your own home whether you live in La Grande or Lincoln City."

There will be breakout sessions through the day and Friesen-Strang noted even though the conference is virtual, there still will be chances to interact with speakers and other attendees. There also will be moments of levity, including a concert Wednesday and a comedy show to close out Thursday.

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