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Senior Americans Day set for March 22

News editors: For more information or to arrange an interview about Senior Americans Day, contact Phil Huelsbeck, UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education, at 715-836-3636 or huelsbpj@uwec.edu.

RELEASED: Jan. 3, 2011

EAU CLAIRE — The 23nd annual Senior Americans Day will be held from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. March 22 in Davies Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Designed for adults 55 and over, the theme will be "Life Under Construction." The goals include dispelling the myths of aging; reinforcing positive aspects of aging; and providing information to help meet the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of older adults.

Keynote speaker Joan Fleming will open with an address titled "Living Zestfully!" For 30 years she has presented workshops from Hawaii to Alaska. Her research has been on "zestful" people who live their lives with greater creativity and imagination, forming strong bonds within their families and among their friends. She is the author of "Fuel Stop: Finding Power, Energy and Support for Life's Journey" and "Papa's Legacy: The Growing of Grandchildren."

Senior Americans Day participants can visit exhibit halls and choose from more than 35 workshops on such topics as fitness, winemaking, health issues, the outdoors and local history.

The $27 per person program cost includes materials, continental breakfast and lunch. One breakout session has an additional fee for materials.

Senior Americans Day is sponsored by UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education/UW-Extension in cooperation with Grace Lutheran Foundation; Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County; Aurora Community Services; Cremation Society of Wisconsin; Community Health Partnership Inc.; Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources; Sacred Heart Hospital; and St. Francis Apartments. The day is planned by community representatives committed to the interests of older adults.

For program information, to register or to request reasonable accommodations for disabilities, call 715-836-3636 or 866-893-2423, use the Wisconsin Relay System (711), visit the Continuing Education website or e-mail ce@uwec.edu.

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