Tuesday, January 22, 2013

MC partners to host West Texas Conference on Aging

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Midland College will partner with several other community organizations to host this year’s West Texas Conference on Aging.

The conference, which will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on March 7 at the Midland Center, will include presentations by several renowned professionals practicing in the area of geriatrics. Breakout sessions include “Ethics, Aging and Boundaries: The Balancing Act” by Dr. Pat Gleason-Wynn who is a licensed clinical social worker and a registered nurse; “The Alzheimer’s Journey: Behavioral & Communication Tips” by Janet Cross, program coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association STAR Chapter-West Texas Region; and “Emergency Preparedness and Planning for People with Access and Functional Needs” by Dr. Alex A. Landesco, state training officer for the Texas Division of Emergency Management.

The keynote speaker is Suzie Humphreys, a former television talk show host who now tours the country as a motivational speaker and inspirational humorist.

Maryanna Houston, director of Midland College’s Health Sciences Continuing Education, said, “The conference is for anyone who wants to know more about the process of aging and how to work with senior citizens. Our target audience includes healthcare professionals, social workers, marriage and family therapists, activity directors, long-term care administrators, licensed professional counselors, law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency service personnel. Midland College and the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) will award professional continuing education units and credit.”

Pre-conference registration fee is $50 before February 28. After that date, conference registration fee is $75. To register, please contact Margie Grimes in the Midland College Health Sciences Continuing Education office at (432) 681-6354.

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