Aging Conference Focuses on Humor, Creativity and Empowerment

DENVER, CO – Kavod Senior Life (Kavod) will be hosting its annual positive aging conference on Wednesday, June 14 from 9am – 1:45pm at Temple Emanuel, located in Hilltop.

Experts in the aging field – who do not take themselves too seriously – will present workshops on various aspects of life…spiritual, physical and emotional.  For instance, “I Only Take Guilt Trips to Sunny Places” focuses on family conflict. “Nekavim, Nekavim” focuses on processes that work in the body, often taken for granted and not talked about – in public.  😉

“We are excited to bring this event back in full force this year with some powerful presenters,” shares Christie Ziegler, Director of Marketing and Communications at Kavod. “Infusing a little levity in serious subjects will hopefully help ease any anxiety over talking about them while opening channels of learning/ engagement.”

While Jewish in flavor, the conference addresses facets of aging that apply to older individuals from ANY background or faith. The modest $18 registration fee covers a continental breakfast, two breakout workshops, the resource fair, lunch and a keynote presentation, as well as a conference bag and other SWAG.

Vendors participating in the resource fair include ADT Medical Alert Systems, Caption Call, Center for People with Disabilities, Colorado Hebrew Chorale, Dignity Hospice, Feldman Mortuary, Hadassah Greater Denver, Humana, Jewish Family Service of Colorado, Jewish Genealogy Society of Colorado, Kaiser Permanente, Kavod Senior Life, Life Transitions Consulting, LLC, Maggie Miller Coaching & Consulting, Medical Advocacy Professionals, Inc., Restore Wound Care, The Denver Office on Aging, The Denver JCC and ViCare Solutions, LLC.

 Workshops and presenters will include the following:

  • Where Medical Trends Are Taking Us In 2023 – Dr. Mandy Peng, MD, CU Medicine
  • I Only Take Guilt Trips to Sunny Places: Addressing Disagreements with Family & Friends – Jill Eelkema, MSW, Western Care Partners
  • Aging with Attitude: Growing Older & Living Bolder– Kristine Burrows, MPH, Jewish Family Service
  • Nekavim Nekavim – When Everything Works – Rabbi Emily Hyatt, Temple Emanuel 
  • Movement Secrets for a Healthy Life – Cindy Luebke, Shalom Park
  • Setting Mindful Intentions for Meaning & Purpose, Dr. Aaron Greenstein, Geriatric Psychologist

Rabbi Marc Soloway from Congregation Bonai Shalom in Boulder will provide an interactive keynote address called “Creativity and Spirituality: The Relationship between Art, Religion and Aging Well.”

“We will explore the powerful ways in which creativity and spirituality can enhance and nurture us as we age,” shares Rabbi Soloway. “A combination of storytelling, conversation, a short spiritual practice and a brief writing exercise will encourage us to further our expression, increase our awareness and contribute to our sense of contentment.”

All active adults and caregivers are welcome to attend. Registration and additional information available at https://kavodseniorlife.org/conference/.

Premier partners helping support the conference include the Denver Office on Aging, B’nai B’rith Colorado, Jewish Family Service, Temple Emanuel, Hebrew Educational Alliance, Congregation BMH-BJ and Shalom Park.

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