First Optimal Aging Fair informs, entertains
Approximately 170 community and campus members enjoyed a full day of speakers, activities, health assessments, and exhibitors at the inaugural Optimal Aging Community Fair, held at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union on August 1, 2016. Sponsored by BGSU’s Optimal Aging Institute (OAI), participants learned how wellness can change the way we age from keynote speaker Colin Milner, CEO of the International Council on Active Aging.
Other sessions offered by BGSU faculty and staff, and outside presenters, included grandparents raising grandkids, interacting with people with Alzheimer’s Disease, stories of resiliency, insurance options, estate planning, Zumba for seniors, how to avoid scams, and many more topics covering the seven dimensions of wellness.
“Kudos to Associate Dean Nancy Orel, the dean’s office staff, and everyone who helped to make our first event successful,” said Paula Davis, who joined the OAI as director just three weeks before the fair. “This was a wonderful way to introduce the Institute to our area’s older adults and the agencies that work with them. And we’re already planning for next year!”