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April 16, 2013

Registration open for conference

NORMAN — Registration is under way for the 38th annual Oklahoma Conference on Aging “The Road to Aging Well: Enjoy Your Trip.” The state’s largest conference on aging will be May 21-23 at the Embassy Suites Norman Hotel and Conference Center.

Senior Day is May 21 and is free to Oklahomans 60 years and older. Keith Ochwat, producer of “Age of Champions” — an award-winning documentary about senior Olympians — will keynote the opening session followed by a screening of the film.

Attendees can choose from 24 breakout sessions, a Wellness Expo, film festival, exhibit hall and a classic auto show. The day includes an awards luncheon for senior poetry contest and spelling bee winners.

Register for Senior Day at okagingconference.com or call 325-1022. Registration is required and the deadline is May 10.

The conference’s professional days are May 22-23 and provide development for professionals, students and advocates in the field of aging. Professional days include nationally known keynote speakers, more than 35 breakout sessions, a Mobile Services Display, film festival, exhibit hall and awards luncheon.

Katherine Freund, founder and president of ITNAmerica, will deliver the keynote address May 22. ITNAmerica provides a solution to transportation difficulties faced by people who are older and people with disabilities.

Martha Roherty, executive director of the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities, will speak May 23. NASUAD works to educate Congress, federal agencies and the general public on policy issues of special concern to state officials administering programs for long-term care services.

“The conference is a wonderful opportunity to learn about critical issues, celebrate Oklahoma seniors and showcase resources,” said Lance Robertson, OKDHS Aging Services director.

Professional Day registration is $75 per day, $60 per day for those 60 and older, and $35 per day for students with a valid student ID.

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