Aging Conference shows the role older adults play in the community

2019 Southeast Tennessee Aging Conference

Each year, more and more older adults are making a positive impact in and around Southeast Tennessee. As volunteers, employees, employers, educators, mentors, advocates, and more, they offer insight and experience that benefit the entire community. The 2019 Southeast Tennessee Aging Conference scheduled for May 7 in Chattanooga will highlight and promote ways that community members of all ages can take part in helping Chattanooga thrive.

May is Older American’s month and the conference will showcase this year’s theme to Connect, Create, Contribute which encourages older adults and their communities to:

  • Connect with friends, family, and local services and resources.
  • Create through activities that promote learning, health, and personal enrichment.
  • Contribute time, talent, and life experience to benefit others.

“The goal is to be committed to helping strengthening our community by connecting with and supporting older adults, their families, and caregivers while acknowledging their many valuable contributions to society. It is important to bring together all generations and engaging them in activities that promote physical, mental, and emotional well-being and enhances the lives of older Americans in our community“ said Veronica Hyde, Senior Health Coordinator with the Southeast Tennesse Area Agency on Aging and Disability, one of the conference organizers.

Major sponsors of the conference include AARP Tenneseee, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee/BlueCare, and the Southeast Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability.

The Aging Conference will be held on May 7 from 9:00am – 3:30pm at the Brainerd Baptist BX located at 4011 Austin Street in Chattanooga. Motivational Speaker and Author of the book, "Blow A Bubble, Not A Gasket: 101 Ways to Reduce Stress and Add Fun to Your Life" Janie Walters will be one of the keynote speaker. Mukta Panda, MD, MACP, Assistant Dean for Medical Student Education and Professor in The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Medicine (Department of Medicine) in Chattanooga will be the lunch keynote speaker.

In addition, there will be a number of sessions throughout covering topcis including: Legal matters, community safety programs, fraud/abuse, caregiving, social media, technology, volunteer opportunites, self-care and more. Attorneys from Legal Aid of East Tennessee will also be on site to offer one-on-one free legal consulations to adults age 60 and over.

General admission is $30 per ticket; adults over 55 and students may register at the discounted rate of $15 per ticket which includes lunch. A limited number of scholarships are available for community members. More information is available at or by calling Christin McWhorter at 423-424-4288.

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