2017 Senior and Family Conference & Expo

Straight Talk! Ways to Combat Loneliness and Isolation Today!
Education Conference & Expo

Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 8:00 am – 12:30pm
Pecos Community Center, 17010 S. 48th St. Phoenix, AZ 85048

Adult Children Who Care for Aging Parents
Older Adults, Families, Paid & Unpaid Caregivers


 Join the Senior Advocacy Group of Ahwatukee for THE one-day interactive educational event for older adults, families, and caregivers!

 Presentations by Experts on Aging

Round Table Sessions

Information on the Latest Area Resources and Services

Exhibits by Local Agencies and Businesses

Breakfast, Snacks & Raffle Prizes!

NEW! Walgreens Flu Shot Clinic*

*Flu and pneumonia shots will be available with proof of insurance.

Meet Our Experts

Carol O. Long, PhD, RN, FPCN, FAAN

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Carol O. Long, Founder and CEO of Capstone Healthcare

“The Secret Sauce for Successful Aging: What are the Ingredients?”

Learn the recipe for healthy aging to rejuvenate and nurture the body, mind and soul! Dr. Long has been a registered nurse for over 4 decades and is known for her work within Arizona, nationally and internationally and is a Fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Nursing. Her passion centers on geriatric care services ranging from wellness through palliative and end-of-life care. Dr. Long brings a refreshing, heartfelt and upbeat perspective to the aging process!



Click to download Dr. Carol O. Long’s The Secret Sauce for Successful Aging 


Amanda E. Sokan, PhD, MHA, LL. B.

Special Guest Presenter

Dr. Amanda E. Sokan, Director of the MS Program in Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Dept.

“You are not Alone! Straight Talk and Strategies for Older Adults and Caregivers”

Dr. Sokan will be discussing the important differences between isolation and loneliness for older adults and caregivers, why we should care, and most importantly, what we can all do about it!






Interactive Round Table Sessions!

Ask questions – and get answers  -from our expert presenters!


Rev. Dr. Kristin Longenecker Hansen

Pastor of Desert Foothills United Methodist Church

“Hopeful living: Navigating Aging and Change”

We spend much of our lives creating a preferred life and environment. We select our mate, friends, house, job, even our favorite foods and hobbies. But as we grow older things begin to change. Rev. Hansen will be discussing how to positively manage life’s changes due to aging and still thrive!





Donna Lewen, BA.

“Ageless Spirit”

Lewan, who has worked with aging adults and persons with disabilities for 25+ years, will be demonstrating ways to combine safe and effective meditation/mindfulness, breathing and other techniques to foster psychological, physical and spiritual vitality!





Anne Poole


“How to Stay Active”

Anne will be discussing the innovative programs and classes available for active seniors at the YMCA and LIVESTRONG®. LIVESTRONG® is a group program to help adult cancer survivors reclaim their health and well-being following a diagnosis.





Dr. Vanessa McCarthy

Doctor of Occupational Therapy

“Combating Loneliness and Isolation Due to Vision Loss Through Occupational Therapy”

Loss of vision can often lead to lost independence. Join Dr. McCarthy, from the Barnet Dulaney and Perkins Eye Center, to discover new ways to deal with vision loss, and how special therapies can help restore engagement including driving, reading, and even navigating unfamiliar environments.





Gregg Powell

Owner of Grace at Home Senior Care

“How to Stay Connected”

Many of us look forward to events, holidays, and love the anticipation, company and activity. As we age, however, it’s easy to fall into a stagnate rut of the same routine! Learn new and creative ways to fill your calendar and stay connected and engaged.



Please Stop By to Visit Our Exhibitors!

AARP, Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter, Americare Hospice & Palliative Care, Arizona Senior Olympics, Assisted Living Locators, Brookdale, CapTel Outreach, Care Patrol of Phoenix, Cesura, Compassus, For Energy, Isagenix, Kim Bryant Physical Therapy, LLC, Liberty Home Equity/DPR Realty, Mountain Park Community Church, Office of the Attorney General, Rebuilding Together AZ, Senior Directory, The Ahwatukee Recreation Center, United Healthcare, Voices for Casa Children, Waddell and Reed Financial Advisors and YOPAS






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Flu & Pneumonia Shots

Breakfast Sponsor

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