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Senior Americans' Day Event Receives Commendation from Governor

RELEASED: March 14, 2008

Senior Americans' Day participants
Senior Americans' Day participants
Top photo: Jeri Weiser of UW-Eau Claire Learning and Technology Services worked with Stan Hillestad and Dr. Stanley Monson during a class titled "I'm Not an Accountant ? What Would I Ever Use Excel for?" at UW-Eau Claire's Senior Americans' Day March 20. Lower photo: An event participant took advantage of the free blood pressure and cholesteral screenings offered by Luther Midelfort at the 20th annual event. (UW-Eau Claire photos by Bill Hoepner)

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Continuing Education/UW-Extension was awarded a certificate of commendation from Gov. Jim Doyle on March 4 for the planning, sponsorship and support of Senior Americans' Day for the past 20 years.

Founded by the Aging Committee of the Mental Health Association in Eau Claire, Senior Americans' Day was designed to dispel the myths of aging; reinforce the positive aspects of aging; and provide information to help meet the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of older adults.

"Senior Americans' Day has been an exemplary partnership of active seniors, community aging service providers and UW-Eau Claire," said Dianne Rhein, regional planner/program consultant for AgeAdvantAge Inc. "For two decades, we've provided a wonderful opportunity for life-long learners to spend a stimulating day on the hospitable UW-Eau Claire campus. It's one of the most amazing examples of town-grown collaborations in service to senior citizens that I am aware of nationwide."

Since 1998, more than 10,000 seniors have participated in the event, which features a variety of workshops, exhibits, health screenings and entertainment. Other sponsors include UCare; Grace Lutheran Foundation Inc.; St. Francis Apartments; AARP-Wisconsin; AgeAdvantAge Inc.; Area Agency on Aging; Community Health Partnership Inc.; Eau Claire County Department on Aging and Resource Center; and Sacred Heart Hospital Center for Healthy Living.

"It is the mission of Grace Lutheran Foundation to care for the spiritual, physical and social needs of people to enhance human dignity," said Michael Christensen, Grace Lutheran Foundation's executive director of health care and finance. "Our participation in Senior Americans' Days allows us to expand the mission to individuals living in the community."

The 20th Annual Senior Americans' Day will be held March 18 on the UW-Eau Claire campus. Registration is closed as the enrollment limit has been met. The 21st Annual Senior Americans' Day will be held March 17, 2009.

For additional information, contact UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education at 715-836-3636/toll-free 866-893-2423, use the Wisconsin Relay System (711), send e-mail to ce@uwec.edu or visit www.uwec.edu/ce.

For interviews or more information about the governor's award, contact La Vone Sneen at 715-836-5179 or sneenl@uwec.edu.

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