Aging: It's All About Attitude

Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

Join us for a day of informational sessions, lunch and fun at a conference that is all about you and living better! See below for conference program.

Registration required by calling 364-2905. Space is limited.

Sponsored by Beloit Public Library, Grinnell Hall Senior Center and ADRC.


Aging: It’s All About Attitude

A Conference presented by the Beloit Public Library in conjunction with Grinnell Hall Senior Center and the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Rock County (ADRC)
605 Eclipse Blvd.
May 14, 2016

9:30 a.m. - Registration and Breakfast Snacks

    Sponsored by Physicians Mutual and Mike Santucci 

10:00 a.m. - Keynote address – The Art of Aging (Consciously)

We are born, we grow, and we get older and older.  It’s automatic.  We don’t even need to think about it.  But aging seems to become pretty important for us somewhere along the way.  And we may wonder if we’re doing it right.  Some people we know seem to be more successful at it than others.  How do we think we, individually, are doing?
Mike will suggest that there is an “art of aging,” as in a skill, or set of skills, that can be learned and improved with purpose and practice.  He will share ideas from the related areas of Sage-ing, “positive aging” and “conscious eldering.”  If you are not familiar with these terms, or if you could use a refresher, you might enjoy participating
Michael Hughes, Ph.D. is a retired clinical psychologist who worked in various human service agencies in Rock County for 30 years.  He was associated with the Beloit Counseling Center, Family Service Association of Beloit, the Rock County Health Care Center, the Beloit Clinic, and Beloit Regional Hospice.  He also taught occasional courses at Blackhawk Technical College and in the SLU program through Beloit College.

11:15 a.m. – What is Important to Know about our Hearing?

Dr. Freeman will cover healthy hearing, facts about hearing loss, types and degrees of hearing loss, options for treating a hearing loss, how hearing aids work and consequences of an untreated hearing loss.
Monica Freeman, Au. D., graduated from UW-Madison with a Master of Science Degree in Communicative Disorders-Audiology in 1995, and from AT Still University, Arizona School of Health Sciences with a doctorate in Audiology in 2007.  She has practiced Audiology in Clinical settings since 1995; Davenport, IA, Baraboo, WI, Lake Geneva, WI, and currently Beloit, WI for the past 1.5 years.

12:00 p.m. – Lunch

Sponsored by Physicians Mutual and Mike Santucci, Beloit Public Library, ADRC, Willowick Assisted Living, Brian Mark Funeral Home and Dementia Friendly Initiatives

12:45 p.m. – Intimacy-No Age Restrictions!

Ms. Greer will address a number of issues people face concerning intimacy issues as we get older. 
Sally Greer, MS, NCC, LPC, IL CADC, has a Master of Science in Human Service Counseling from National Louis University in Chicago.  She has over 40 years experience in the field of social services and mental health, especially in the areas of alcohol and drug addictions, domestic violence and individual trauma.  Her clinical interests include women’s issues, depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship concerns with individuals, couples and families.  She is seeing cancer patients and facilitates Behavior Therapy Groups for women and men. 

1:30 p.m. – Be Social: Navigating Social Media

What is social media and how does it affect communication with family and friends? Michael will talk about different types of social media and how to get started using it.
Michael DeVries is Circulation Services Manager at the Beloit Public Library. He teaches computer classes and One on One Tablet classes in addition to running the circulation department.

2:15 p.m. – Afternoon Snack

    Sponsored by Riverside Terrace

2:30 p.m. – Endnote address - Serving Wisconsin’ Aging Population

What do Elder Law attorneys do for clients? How is the job changing? Who are the people taking care of the elderly? What trends are affecting adult children caring for elderly parents? You may be surprised to hear the kinds of stories (and secrets) told to elder law attorneys, and even more surprised to hear what they sometimes do to respond. Rachel will share her experiences and facilitate a lively discussion.   
Rachel Monaco-Wilcox, JD, is an attorney, teacher, and mediator.  Rachel is Chair and Assistant Professor of the Justice Department at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee.  Rachel is a frequent public speaker on issues of Elder Law, mediation, and human trafficking.

3:30 p.m. – Door prizes and Conference Close, Evaluations

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