Healthy Aging Conference in Rancho Santa Fe offers information for seniors as well as professionals

The inaugural two-day Healthy Aging Conference will be presented April 23-24 by the nonprofit Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center and hosted by Fairbanks Ranch Country Club.

The concept has been one that the RSF Senior Center has wanted to bring to community seniors – not just for Rancho Santa Fe residents, but for all people in San Diego – for quite some time, said Cheryl Ford, RSF Senior Center assistant director.

Thursday’s conference will serve professionals who work in the field of healthy aging, as a way to share important information in their respective fields of expertise and interest. Friday’s conference is for the public.

Attendance for professionals will provide six continuing education units for Care Managers, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Registered Nurses, Residential Care Facility for Elders Administrators, Nursing Home Administrators and Fiduciaries.

The professional conference day — from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.– will feature six dynamic speakers, emceed by Richard Lederer, Ph.D., author and co-host of NPR’s “A Way With Words,” while providing an opportunity to network with multi-disciplinary professionals in the field of aging.

The presenters – who are volunteering their time and expertise – include Colin Depp, Ph. D. Associate Professor, Department of Psychology UCSD School of Medicine; Mimi Guarneri, M.D. Founder of the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine; Natasha Josefowitz, Ph.D. retired business professor and an international keynote speaker; Stephanie Matinpour, Pharm.D. founder of PillBoxTalk Consulting; Dee Silver, M.D. board certified neurologist and president of the San Diego Neurologist Society; and Michel Zelnick, MFT, J.D. attorney and clinical psychotherapist.

Those wishing to attend the professional conference are required to register online. The cost for the full-day event with lunch, educational credits, networking and informative presentations is $100.

The concept of a conference for both professionals and area seniors was something that Terrie Litwin, RSF Senior Center executive director, had been thinking about for a while, said Ford. The Fairbanks Ranch Country Club provided the perfect venue to have a “quality line-up of guest speakers to educate our senior community,” she commented.

On Friday guests will hear from four speakers: Dee Silver, M.D.; Natasha Josefowitz, Ph.D.; Stephanie Matinpour, Pharm.D. and Richard Lederer, Ph.D.

There will be exhibitor tables on both days to inform attendees about services and products related to healthy aging, a catered lunch, raffles for prizes and more. The entry fee for Friday’s conference – from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. – is $10.

The event also serves to bring visibility to the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center, which provides resources and referrals to local seniors. “It is a way to expand people’s understanding of us,” said Ford, “and to learn a little bit about we do to help our seniors.”

Major sponsors include Vi at La Jolla Village; At Home Nursing Care; and Seacrest Village Retirement Communities. Exhibitors include Gentiva Hospice; HealthNet Community Solutions; La Cost Glen, Carlsbad; Senior Move Masters; Brian Connelly and Associates; and more. Robin Ross Wisotsky – owner of Cupcakes Squared – has provided delicious cupcake confections at a generous discount, said Ford.

It is expected that both days will sell out with about 100 attendees anticipated for each conference. Net proceeds will go to support the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center programs.

Registration is required for both days. The last day for professionals to register is Monday, April 20. Visit http://goo.gl/hZxuUc to register online.

For Friday’s conference guests should call the senior center (858) 756 3041 to register. The cost is $10 per person. There will be no refunds for cancellations after April 22.

Fairbanks Ranch Country Club is located at 15150 San Dieguito Road, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067. Visit www.rsfseniors.org and click on the link Healthy Aging Conference to learn more.

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