Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia is at it again, challenging South Hampton Roads’ seniors to “Keep on Aging Out Loud” at its 2018 Art of Healthy Aging Forum & ExpoSM. The event, scheduled for Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th St., Virginia Beach, Virginia, is being planned to equip the boomer generation and beyond with many of the tools and resources they will need to achieve their best for the rest of their lives.
This sixth annual event is presented by Optima Health and Sentara Healthcare and is hosted by Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia. Optima Health, a service of the not-for-profit healthcare organization Sentara Healthcare. Together, Optima Health and Sentara Healthcare serve seniors in its communities with care ranging from screenings and prevention to advanced cardiac services and skilled nursing facilities. Through home health and telemedicine, seniors can receive more care from the comfort of home.
“We are so pleased that we can support our members through our community partners like Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia,” said Kathy McVey, director of consumer sales. “At Optima Health, we focus on serving our Medicare Advantage members with a full scope of services and social activities like the Art of Healthy Aging provide yet another way to connect with and support the community.”
This year, event organizers are excited to welcome back Masters of Soul as the featured luncheon entertainment. Masters of Soul is a celebration of legendary music and moves made famous by groups like the Four Tops and Gladys Knight & the Pips and by record labels including Motown and Stax. In addition, the luncheon program will include “A Salute to Caregivers,” an annual recognition honoring those family, professional, and military caregivers in South Hampton Roads who make a difference every day in the lives of those they care for. WTKR News Channel 3’s Barbara Ciara is scheduled to act as mistress of ceremonies.
Workshops facilitated by regional professionals in the field of aging are scheduled during the morning hours, and there will be an exhibition hall offering attendees access to an estimated 60 vendors as well as health screenings and other resources for active adults, aging veterans, and family caregivers. Organizers hope that participants at the half-day event will walk away informed, educated, and entertained.
Other sponsors, to date, include AARP, Anthem Healthkeepers Plus, Chesapeake Regional Healthcare, TowneBank, Virginia Premier Health Plan, AAA, Aetna, The Crossings at Independence, Checkered Flag, Hook Law Center, Serenity Healthcare, and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Event sponsorships and exhibition space are still available.
Event tickets are $15 (through Sept. 30, increasing to $20 Oct. 1) and cover admission and lunch, an event sponsor bag, raffle prize drawing, and access to all workshops and health screenings. Military and group discounts are available. Visit www.ssseva.org for more information.
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