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11th Annual Positive Aging Conference & Resource Fair

Kavod on the Road presents this day of mental, physical & spiritual awareness and education.

Date: Wednesday, June 26
Time: 9am – 2pm
Location: Temple Emanuel, Denver
Cost: $18

Featuring Keynote & presenter: Rabbi Dayle Friedman, author of Jewish Wisdom for Growing Old: Finding Your Grit and Grace Beyond Midlife

Conference Schedule

9:00 – 9:45am: Check-in, Breakfast & Resource Fair
9:45am – 11:00am: Welcome & Keynote
11:15am – 12:00pm: Morning Workshops
12:00 – 1:15pm: Lunch & Resource Fair
1:15 – 2:00pm: Afternoon Workshops

Morning Workshops | 11:15 - 12:00pm

Positive aging approaches and health research consistently highlight the importance of social connections–yet the perils of social isolation and loneliness are far reaching. This workshop will review key health and social research findings that describe why social connections are so important and what types of social connections may be most meaningful. Resources for assessing, deepening, and expanding social connections will be shared, including innovative intergenerational and technology approaches.

Presented by Leslie Hasche. Associate Professor Leslie Hasche focuses on clinical social work practice related to aging and mental health. Her research aims to understand how community-based services may best promote older adults’ mental health, independence, safety, quality of life and overall wellness. She enjoys integrating her research and previous mental health practice experience into teaching theory-based and contemporary issue courses related supporting older adults and their families through intergenerational connections. 

The 4Ms of care which includes Mobility, what Matters most, Medication management and Mentation. Understand the importance of advocating for care that prioritizes the 4Ms which ultimately improves individualized services for older adults and influences the overall care team and medical decisions and results.

Presented by Cari Levy. Dr. Levy is a geriatrician and palliative care specialist. She is Division Head of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Her research is focused on innovative models of care for older adults.

Aquatic exercise is a low-impact activity that takes the pressure off the bones, achy joints, sore muscles, and painful movements. Not only does water offer natural resistance, buoyancy acts in your favor, and hydrostatic pressure helps stabilize joints, it is fun and social! Explore why water is a great place to start or maintain your exercise program, what you will need and how much time is recommended to gain the maximum benefits.

Presented by Cindy Luebke. Cindy Luebke, BS – UW Madison, coaching minor has forty fun-filled years in the fitness industry. As the Wellness Director at the J. Leonard Levy Family Wellness Center she is Personal Training Certified, Group Exercise Certified, Silver Sneaker Instructor Certified, Functional Aging Certification and American College of Exercise Certified, Tai Chi Certified, and Ai Chi Certified. Wellness Director at Shalom Park for over ten years.

Computers, smartphones and tablets enable us to communicate and manage our daily affairs using apps and the Internet. Get familiar with the terminology used to describe and discuss everyday tech tasks. Learn how to fearlessly use your technology for email, searching the internet, shopping online, scheduling doctor appointments, refilling prescriptions, accessing your local public library, online banking and bill pay, using cash apps to send money to friends and relatives, using video calling apps like Zoom and FaceTime, writing and printing letters, downloading files and finding them on your device, and other technical skills.

Presented by Patrick Baker. Patrick Baker is an IT consultant, Technology Simplifier, and founder of Prime of Life Tech, providing training and support for older adults and caregivers. He started Prime of Life Tech in 2019 and has over 30 years of experience in information technology. Patrick is also a speaker on older adults, technology and age tech. 

Afternoon Workshops | 1:15 - 2:00pm

Explore a practice that can help us to prepare ourselves for unwelcome experiences we will meet as we grow older. Based on a teaching from the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Hasidism, we’ll investigate how we can become more open, curious, and available to unexpected blessings.

Presented by: Rabbi Dayle Friedman. Rabbi Friedman is a spiritual guide, social innovator, chaplain and scholar. She has been a leader in spirituality and aging, pastoral care, and Jewish healing. Her publications include Jewish Wisdom for Growing Older: Finding Your Grit and Grace Beyond Midlife, and Jewish End-of-Life Care in a Virtual Age: Our Traditions Reimagined, which she co-edited. Her first book, Jewish Pastoral Care: A Practical Handbook from Traditional and Contemporary Sources, is recognized as a foundational text for its field.
Rabbi Dayle was ordained by HUC-JIR; she earned Masters’ degrees in Social Work and Jewish Communal Service from USC and HUC-LA. She trained as a spiritual director with Yedidya Center’s Moreh Derekh program, and as an interim clergy person with the Interim Ministry Network. Her work has been recognized with awards from the Forward, the American Society on Aging, and Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains.

Together, we will explore various trends that pertain to healthy aging and doing so in place – in your home. We will delve into prevention, cognitive health, the importance of physical movement, emotional and psychological well being, and the importance of practical changes in one’s environment for safety and accessibility. In addition, we will discuss the importance of companionship and social connections which foster a supportive environment.

Presented by Maria Vejar. Maria Vejar has been on faculty with the University of Colorado, with the Division of Geriatric Medicine since 2001. She works both at the main Anschutz Medical Campus and the CU Geriatric Medicine Clinic at Kavod providing primary care for older adults. Maria has her Doctorate of Nursing Practice. She loves working with older adults, and was inspired to do so by watching her grandparents as they navigated through this gift and journey called aging and life! She values working with a diverse group of individuals from various backgrounds.

Are you curious about the magic of creativity but don’t know where to begin? Join our engaging workshop designed specifically for people who are creatively curious. Through simple, accessible prompts, we’ll explore the fascinating world of creativity and distinguish it from traditional artistry. No prior experience or special skills are needed—just an open mind and a willingness to explore!

What to Expect

  1. We’ll delve into the distinction between creativity and artistry. Spoiler alert: they’re not the same! Discover how creativity is a powerful force that resides within all of us, regardless of age or background.
  2. A relaxed fun experience where we will create in community with cookies.
  3. We will use simple accessible materials that are probably already in your home.
  4. By the end of the workshop you will have given yourself the gift of creativity.
  5. All supplies and materials are supplied for this workshop.

Presented by Damon McLeese. Damon McLeese is a visionary leader who has dedicated his career to promoting accessibility, inclusion, and innovation in the arts. As the Executive Director of Access Gallery for more than 25 years, Damon has been a driving force behind the organization’s success in unlocking the creative power of people regardless of their background, ability, or experience. Damon’s collaborative approach bridges the gap between creativity and community, whether in a corporate setting or in the classroom. He creates projects that force us to look at creativity, ability, and disability in very different ways. Damon’s work has been recognized with numerous awards, including the 2019 Bonfils Stanton Arts and Society Award, the 2017 Governors Award for Leadership in the Arts, and the 2014 Mayor’s Award for Innovation in the Arts. He has also been a speaker at the 2016 TEDx Mile High event and the 2022 TEDx CU event.

Achieving and maintaining optimal brain function throughout life is an all-encompassing endeavor that requires active participation on the part of each individual. This presentation will focus on the nutritional requirements for favorable cognitive ability and highlight some key lifestyle strategies that may be overlooked. With this information, you will be empowered to make informed decisions designed for maximum sustained benefit.

Presented by Dianne Koehler. Currently owner and Director of Nutrition Therapy Institute (NTI) in Arvada, CO, Dianne has been a leader in the field of nutrition education for 15 years. She is committed to helping people realize their optimal wellness potential through recognizing the full and inescapable impact of their food choices. NTI provides comprehensive training in holistic nutrition for those wanting to make a difference in the world by sharing what they know about nutrition, wellness and natural food cooking.

Register by June 16

Please fill out the registration form below for each person attending.
If a caregiver is required, they must register with payment.

Resource Fair vendors include: Alpine Homecare, LLC | Alzheimer’s Association | Be a Tree Cremation | Caption Call by Sorenson | City & County of Denver Office on Aging | Connect America & Lifeline | Councilwoman Amanda Sawyer | DU – The Enrichment Program | Feldman Mortuary | JCC Denver | Jewish Family Service of Colorado | Kavod Senior Life | Legacy Healthcare Services | Prime of Life Tech | Shalom Park | Spark the Change Colorado 

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