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Aging Summit III to Focus on Taking
Charge of the Crisis in Aging Services

 MAILED:  April 21, 2003

EAU CLAIRE - The Aging Summit III will explore the impact that shrinking budgets, increasing housing, health care and transportation costs, eroding personal retirement funds, and the growing numbers of individuals needing services is having on seniors, their families and organizations that provide services to the elderly.

The aging summit - to be held May 16 at the Plaza Inn and Conference Center in Eau Claire - is designed for professionals in health and family services, providers of senior services, nursing home and assisted living administrators, transportation services, business people and others interested in and concerned with the crisis in aging services.

Keynote speaker Sinikka McCabe, administrator of the Division of Disability and Elder Services, will give a presentation titled "The State of our State in Aging Services." Luncheon speaker George Potaracke's presentation is titled "Can Wisconsin's Long Term Care System Be Stabilized?"

There also will be three panel discussions, moderated by Michael Rindo, executive director of University Communications at UW-Eau Claire. A panel discussion titled "Aging Services Consumer Panel" will include Mary Dale, caregiver, and publisher and editor of Senior Review; and Bill Adams, Eau Claire. The "Aging Services Providers Panel" will include Paul Cook, project director of Community Health Partnership Inc.; Tim Sheehan, executive director of the Center for Independent Living for Western Wisconsin; and Tom Moore, executive director of Wisconsin Health Care Association. The "Legislative Representatives in Leadership Roles Affecting Seniors Panel" will include several state legislators.

Summit participants also will brainstorm about possible solutions and local collaborations that may help address some of the issues discussed throughout the day.

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Continuing Education, Western Wisconsin Regional Geriatric Education Center, AgeAdvanteAge Inc., Area Agency on Aging, Center for Health and Aging Services Excellence, and Community Health Partnership Inc., will sponsor the Aging Summit III.

The $17.50 per person fee will cover instruction, materials, refreshments and lunch.
For more information or to register, contact UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education at (715) 836-3636, (866) UWEC4CE or e-mail The registration deadline is May 13.


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Updated: April 21, 2003