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Find Out the POWER of Aging

By Cheri Burcham, Family Life Educator

This event was originally scheduled in November but has been rescheduled for March 21 so I thought it would be worthwhile to print again as a reminder since March will be here before you know it!

Frank Lloyd Wright once said "The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes." Did you know: Nelson Mandela won the Nobel Peace prize at age 76? Ray Kroc started the McDonalds franchise at the age of 52? Ernestine Shepherd is the oldest female bodybuilder at age 79 – and she didn't began lifting weights until age 56?! Betty Reid Soskin is the oldest park service ranger at age 93, but didn't begin her career until age 85? Benjamin Franklin signed the Declaration of Independence at age 70? And Sister Madonna Buder is a triathalon athlete at age 86? Having a healthy lifestyle and knowledge of resources can help you stay healthier longer while improving your quality of life. If you have ever had the chance to hear any of my presentations, usually that is my whole goal – to motivate people to improve their quality of life and to give them the resources and education to do it! In 2016, the Life Span Center of Coles county and The University of Illinois Extension hosted a healthy aging summit called "Aging: Everybody's Doing It!" We are now planning for our second healthy aging summit – "The POWER of Aging." This summit will be held on Wednesday, March 21 from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm. "The POWER of Aging" will feature three Extension educators focusing on valuable, timely topics related to the financial, nutritional, emotional and social factors of healthy aging. Consumer Economics Educator Kathy Sweedler will present "Superpowers: Your Wishes, Done Right" which will cover legal documents that are used to communicate your health and financial wishes. Nutrition and Wellness Educator Mary Liz Wright will discuss "Super Foods to the Rescue." This presentation will teach participants the what and how of "super foods" and ways to incorporate more of them into their diets. My presentation will be "The Power of Positive Aging" and will cover what factors contribute to successful, positive aging according to research. There will also be fun "brain breaks" throughout the day, and a wonderful buffet lunch!

This summit will be held at the LifeSpan Center of Coles County at 11021 E CR 800 N, outside of Mattoon. The cost for this summit is only $10 and includes the lunch and all materials. Anyone interested will need to pre-register so we have an accurate count for lunch. You can register by calling the University of Illinois Extension office at 345-7034 or by going online to http://go.illinois.edu/agingsummit Those wanting to attend must be registered and paid by March 16. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this program, please call by 345-7034.

I'm really hoping for a good turnout since this will be a great event and the more participants we have, the more fun it is! I hope to see many of you there, and if you have any questions, please give the Extension office a call at 345-7034 or e-mail me at cburcham@illinois.edu

For more information on this topic or other family life-related topics, contact Cheri Burcham at University of Illinois Extension at 217-543-3755 or at cburcham@illinois.edu For more information on University of Illinois Unit 19 programming and to read more helpful articles, visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/ccdms/index.html or call us at (217)345-7034. Also visit the Family Files Blog at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/hkmw/eb380/

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