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For immediate release - April 21, 2005

Second Annual Elder Symposium to kick off May 5

TAVARES — The Lake County Elder Affairs Coordinating Council will present its Second Annual Elder Symposium Thursday, May 5, at Lake Receptions, 4425 Highway 19A, Mount Dora.

Space is limited for this inclusive symposium addressing senior issues in Lake County. This year’s theme for the program is “All Aboard the Boom Generation.” A full agenda of dynamic speakers will present a variety of topics targeted to the baby-boomer generation and seniors. Together, these groups sometimes face tough choices in balancing a career and family life while addressing critical issues associated with aging.

Making informed choices — about such topics as when should seniors consider hanging up the car keys and understanding Medicare and Medicaid — are critical. The agenda for the Second Annual Elder Symposium is designed to help guide attendees through the maze of commonly experienced problems.

A special highlight of the symposium is a keynote address from recently appointed State Secretary of the Department of Elder Affairs Carole Green. A former state representative, Green was appointed to the secretary position by Gov. Jeb Bush in March 2005. The symposium will be her first visit to Lake County.

The proposed agenda for the program is as follows:

I. Welcome — Lake County Commissioner Catherine Hanson

II. “To Drive or not to Drive” — Fran Carlin-Rogers, Consultant, and Brenda Ruff, Senior Resource Alliance.

III. “Planning for the Future: A Basic Primer on Medicare and Medicaid” — Twyla Sketchley, JD Sketchley Law Firm, Tallahassee

IV. “A Question of Balance” — Bernadette Cavis, Alterra National Memory Care Center

V. Lunch

VI. “Bridging the Generations Advocating for Families with Passion and Power” — Jack Levine, President of Advocacy Resources

VII. “State of the State” — Secretary Carole Green, Florida Department of Elder Affairs

VIII. “Close” — Kathy Haviland, Lake County Elder Affairs Coordinating Council.

For more information or to reserve a seat for the $20 Elder Symposium, call Robbie Hollenbeck, Special Projects Coordinator for the Lake County Community Services Department, at (352) 343-9454 or e-mail rhollenbeck@co.lake.fl.us.

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Contact information:
Christopher Patton
Communications Coordinator
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445
cpatton@co.lake.fl.us

 
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