Annual Healthy Aging conference will discuss today's growing pains

Staff writer

Aging presents people with unique challenges, and a Hampton Roads Coalition of Agencies hosts an annual conference to address them.

In the 23rd annual Healthy Aging Conference on Wednesday, speakers will present sessions on healthy eating, sleep habits and how to address some of the issues brought on by aging.

The free conference will be at the King of Glory Lutheran Church and School from 7:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker Barbara Hamm-Lee is the executive director and host of Another View, a weekly call-in talk show that discusses modern issues from an African-American perspective. She will share her beliefs about staying active, faithful and positive when growing older in a “Growing Older, Never Old” speech.

Minnie Sippio, who is part of the coalition that hosts the conference, said Hamm-Lee will encourage happy, healthy aging practices.

“She is going to focus on healthy aging and new attitudes on aging,” Sippio said. “We’re looking for her to be a motivational-type speaker for us.”

Five more speakers will be featured including Carol Downs, the state president for AARP Virginia, who will give legislative updates on issues relevant to the senior community.

Dr. Richard Parisi and Julie Mitchell will talk about sleep and healthy foods and herbs, respectively. And Deborah Prosek will deliver a talk called “The Other Herb — Holistic Alternatives and CBD.” Lastly, Frank Alvarado will speak about important stretches for the aging body.

The conference will also feature Chef Glen Belvin, the food services director from Spring Arbor of Williamsburg, who will end the day with a cooking demonstration and tasting.

Attendees can also browse an exhibit area and win door prizes.

The coalition that puts the event together includes AARP Virginia, York and James City County Parks and Recreation, Olde Towne Medical Center, Peninsula Agency on Aging, Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health, Sentara Health and Prevention and Greg Garrett Realty.

“It’s an educational forum for seniors to gather to give information they might not be otherwise exposed to,” Sippio said. “We always try to promote things people have expressed wanting to learn more about.”

Want to go?

What: Healthy Aging Conference

When: 7:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday

Where: King of Glory Lutheran Church and School, 4897 Longhill Road, Williamsburg

Attendance is free. If interested, call 757-890-3500 for information on available registration.

Martin can be reached at (757)-243-3685, by email at sararose.martin@vagazette.com or on Twitter at @SaraRoseMartin.

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