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2016 Southeast Tennessee Aging Forum

Friday, April 1

A local elder justice interdisciplinary team will host the 2016 Southeast Tennessee Aging Forum on Friday, April 1 at Concord Baptist Church, located at 7025 E. Brainerd Rd.

The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nearly 100 local professionals and elders are expected to gather together to learn about the issues facing Chattanooga’s aging demographic. To register, contact Sally Brewer at (423) 321-0357 or sbrewer@chamblisslaw.com. Registration ends March 29.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 42.8 percent of Hamilton County’s citizens are 55 or older. Knowing this, The Friends of Elder Justice, along with the Southeast Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities, picked the theme “It Takes a Village” to showcase the growing need for multifaceted resources to assist and inspire planning baby boomers, seniors, caregivers, and professionals in the field of geriatrics.

The keynote speaker for the event is Amy Boulware, elder care planning manager for Chambliss Law Firm. Boulware will discuss how Chattanooga is rapidly becoming one of the best places to age successfully by highlighting new programs and services that are available locally. Other session topics include the power of self-care, navigating Medicare, estate planning, legal issues facing elders, and how to identify and prevent elder abuse.

A variety of vendors will be onsite to offer services helpful to seniors. In addition, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke will make an appearance at lunch to reveal his efforts on aging issues. The active aging forum is sponsored by Chambliss Law Firm, The Bridge at Ooltewah, Garden Plaza of Greenbriar Cove, and the Southeast Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities.

“Chattanooga is rapidly becoming one of the best places for people to retire. We have beautiful scenery, four seasons, an active downtown, affordable housing, many cultural opportunities, and a university along with excellent medical centers. A city that embraces active retirees will see a wonderful return on its investment,” said Boulware.

The cost for the forum is $35 for professionals and $15 for students and people age 50 and over. The cost includes a catered lunch.