Monday, August 1, 2016
Bowen-Thompson Student Union

8am – 4pm Exhibitors
8am – 8:30am Registration and Light Breakfast
8:30am – 9am Opening Remarks
Marie Huff, Dean of the College of Health and Human Services
Mary Ellen Mazey, Ph.D., President, Bowling Green State University
Kathy Golovan, Chief Health Officer, Medical Mutual of Ohio
9am – 10:30am

KEYNOTE SPEAKER – Wellness: Changing the Way We Age
Colin Milner, Chief Executive Officer, International Council on Active Aging

Wellness: Changing the Way We Age: This thought provoking presentation will look at how a growing body of research is not only shifting views and expectations of what is possible over the life course, but redefining the life course as well. At the heart of this shift is a quality of life revolution that is being driven by a greater focus on wellness. What does this mean to you?

By attending this session, you will learn: a) why wellness is the key to changing the way we age; b) how the seven dimensions of wellness impact our health and well-being; c) why wellness solutions can reduce many of the challenges and obstacles associated with growing old, while embracing our new found human potential and the opportunities it offers; and d) what wellness trends are shifting the way we age.

Mr. Colin Milner is the founder of the active-aging industry in North America and he is the leading authority on the health and well-being of the older adult. He has been recognized by the World Economic Forum as one of “the most innovative and influential minds” in the world on aging-related topics.

10:30am – 10:45am BREAK
10:45am – noon PANEL PRESENTATION - Trends in Aging
Intergenerational Relationships
– Sam Burnett, Senior Advocate
Caregiving Trends
– Lynn Ritter, Alzheimer’s Association of NW Ohio
Noon – 1:15pm LUNCH
Paula Davis – Project Administrator, Optimal Aging Institute
Personal Stories of Resiliency

Denise Niese, Angie Bradford & Danielle Brogley, Wood County Committee on Aging (Moderators)


1:30pm – 2:15pm BTSU 201

Introduction to Mindfulness – Deb Hendricks, Advisor, College of Health and Human Services

Stop in and experience a short and relaxing Mindfulness class. Have you ever wanted to hit the pause button and just escape from your constant thoughts and the stressors of everyday life? This beginner session will teach a few basic steps and allow individuals to participate in a guided mindfulness exercise.

1:30pm – 2:15pm BTSU 207

Navigating Insurance Options – Barry Lazarus, Retired Vice President and Compliance Officer at HCR ManorCare

This session will provide an overview of the components of the insurance options for individuals qualifying for Medicare and Medicaid benefits. Topics will include private insurance, the various components of Medicare, Medicaid eligibility, as well as long-term care insurance.


2:30pm – 3:15pm BTSU 201

Estate Planning Basics - Kirk Ross, BGSU Foundation

This session will introduce the basic tools of modern estate planning. What is the difference between a Will and a Trust? Do you need a Power-of-Attorney? How about some health care documents? We’ll start by understanding what each of these documents are, and then we’ll talk about which ones might be appropriate to help you reach your own goals.

2:30pm – 3:15pm BTSU 207

Preventing Scams – Melissa Burek & Michael Buerger – Criminal Justice Program College of Health and Human Services

Distressingly, older adults are more likely to be victims of fraudulent activities and once targeted by the perpetrators, are more likely to lose money compared to other age groups. During this panel, we will discuss the top 10 scams and learn about prevention tactics to reduce the risks of becoming the target of identity theft, communication scams, phishing, and fraud.

Pre-session assignment: Add your phone number to the National Do Not Call Registry by visiting or calling 1-888-382-1222 from the phone you want to register (TTY: 1-866-290-4236).


3:15pm – 4pm Ballroom

Zumba for Seniors – Robyn Miller – School of Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies, College of Education and Human Development

Join us for a short and fun Zumba class. Senior Zumba is for active older adults who are looking for a modified Zumba class that recreates the original moves you love at a lower-intensity. The design of the class introduces easy-to-follow Zumba choreography that focuses on balance, range of motion and coordination. In this interactive class you will learn about all elements of fitness: cardiovascular, muscular conditioning, flexibility and balance!

3:15pm – 4pm BTSU 201

Aging in Place – Nancy Orel - College of Health and Human Services and Tim Tegge - Sight Center of Northwest Ohio, and Ruth Ford, Huntington University

Studies by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) indicate that 88% of individuals over the age of 50 want to remain in their own homes as long as possible. However, to do so may require some changes to one’s home to meet present and future needs. The presenters will discuss universal design and the environmental modifications that would allow individuals to be safe and comfortable in their homes as they age. Resources and tips will be provided.

3:15pm – 4pm BTSU 207

Using Technology to Stay in Touch and Make New Friends – Kate Magsamen-Conrad, Media and Communication, College of Arts & Sciences and Adrianne Beer, Media and Communication student

The internet offers many opportunities for individuals to communicate with others. Some of these opportunities include email, video calls (e.g., Skype) and social media (e.g., Facebook). In this workshop we will explore the different ways to use the internet to keep in touch and talk about the different types of Technology you can use to access the internet.

Ongoing Activities: Health Assessments (Balance, Blood Glucose Levels, Blood Pressure, Body Size for Health, Hearing, Nutrition), Home Assessments, Listening Post for Caregivers, Chair Massages and more!

Visit our exhibit tables throughout the day!