Greeley County Long Term Care to host 1st annual Aging Expo

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Greeley County Long Term Care is planning to host the first annual Aging Expo on October 4th at the Greeley County 4-H Community Building. The Aging Expo will  feature an exhibition hall with different booths and vendors offering information on the aging process, as well as presentations scheduled throughout the day on different topics related to the aging process.

“We hope that this Aging Expo will be an opportunity for people of the community to come and learn about the aging process. Our goal is for attendees to walk away informed about the aging process and the transition of moving into a nursing home,” Amy Baehler, DON said.

The Aging Expo will have different aging experts present information on various segments of the aging process including health insurance, mental and emotional implications of age, dementia, legal requirements of moving into a nursing home, and much more. Some of the presenters will include Dixon Drug explaining Medicare Part D; Clinkscales Elder Law and Attorneys presenting information on will preparation, power of attorney and elderly estate planning; Greeley County Long Term care will present information on culture change, rehabilitation techniques for the elderly, and the home to nursing home transition. There will be several other presentations throughout the day. The official presentation schedule will be published once it is finalized closer to date.

“This Aging Expo is going to be a really good, informative resource for our community members. They can come and learn about so many different aspects of what goes into putting a loved one into the nursing home. We are excited to put this event together and bring in these different firms to present here in Tribune,” Debbie Reding, Social Services Designee, said.

The Greeley County Long Term Care will also be serving a noon meal open to all conference attendees and the entire community. The proceeds from the meal will go toward the Greeley County LTC Resident Activity Fund.

“The residents are trying to raise money to go to the Senior Olympics in Cimarron, Kansas this Fall. We have several residents that are going to compete. They are also wanting to put money into their activity fund to go back to the casino in Dodge City sometime this year,” Jodi Nixon, Activity Director said

The Aging Expo is going to be a free event open to Greeley County and the surrounding areas. The Greeley County Long Term Care is hosting the event and would like to partner with community businesses to bring this event to Tribune.

“There will be some expenses related to bringing in the different speakers and preparing for this event. We will be advertising this event regionally and hope to have a good turnout. We hope some businesses in the community will partner with us for this event, so it will be seen as collective effort from our community to help educate, inform and support our elderly population,” Katy Reynolds, Marketing Director said.

For more information on the Aging Expo or the Greeley County Long Term Care, you can contact Amy Baehler, Director of Nursing, by phone at 620-376-4225 or by email at abaehler@mygchs.com. For more information on sponsoring or donating to the Long Term Care for the Aging Expo, contact Jodi Nixon, Activity Director, at 620-376-4225 or by email at jnixon@mygchs.com.

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