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Fifty-five seniors from the Flagstaff Region enjoyed a day of learning and laughing at the 2017 Flagstaff Active Living Conference For Seniors.

The annual conference is designed to encourage seniors to be actively engaged in the community and to recognize the importance of active living to the well-being, independence and quality of life.

This year’s Active Living Conference For Seniors was hosted on October 3 at Big Knife Villa in Forestburg.

The agenda for the day included:

  • connieHealth Beyond 50 – Nancy Christenson gave a presentation on the struggles that she has faced with thyroid issues and anxiety and how she has overcome them.
  • Fire Safety – Kim Cannady, Regional Emergency Services Coordinator, gave tips and described changes in fire codes to encourage people to become more aware of fire hazards in their homes.
  • Move it or Lose it – Connie Harrison, an Exercise Specialist from Camrose Primary Care Network, gave a presentation on the importance of exercise for all ages. This included demonstrations on easy exercises to incorporate into your everyday life.Seniors,
  • Survivors of Change – John Carstairs gave a nostalgic review of how times have changed for people over the age of 60 and what seniors can do to move forward and accept change.
  • Tours of the Facility – Manager of the Big Knife Villa Barb Dickson was available to guide people to view the new wing of the Big Knife Villa.

The Flagstaff Active Living Conference For Seniors ran from approximately 9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and was emceed by Lynne Jenkinson. It was free to residents over 55, and included breakfast and lunch. Draws were held throughout the day for a variety of door prizes.

Of the 55 seniors who attended this year’s conference, 34 filled out feedback cards. Many attendees expressed their appreciation of the day and the quality of the speakers. The seniors found the topics enjoyable and informative. They were happy with the variety of topics, as well as the quality of the presentations.

Among the feedback for future conferences, survey respondents suggested shortening the day and bringing in speakers to discuss topics such as medical and dental benefits, homecare and staying in your home, and meal planning.

Next year’s conference is tentatively slated for the spring.

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