Aging, disability conference set for Aug. 3 |

Aging, disability conference set for Aug. 3

Submitted to The Union

The Aging and Disability Resource Connection of Nevada County is sponsoring a conference Aug. 3 at Holiday Inn Express in Grass Valley. Deadline to register is Wednesday.

Wednesday is the deadline to reserve a place at an event next month on empowering residents around aging and disability issues.

The conference, set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Holiday Inn Express, 121 Bank St., Grass Valley, will feature 20 distinguished local and regional speakers.

Keynote speakers include:

— Dr. Brian Evans, of Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in Grass Valley, speaking on "Art and Neuroplasticity."

— Dr. John Preston, a former faculty member with UC Davis School of Medicine, speaking about mental health and aging.

Breakout workshops will be presented by local leaders, including Jeff Cowen, program supervisor of Hospitality House and Nevada County Behavioral Health's Rebecca Slade.

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In addition, Grass Valley City Council member Howard Levine and Nevada County Supervisor Ed Scofield will lead panel discussions and answer questions about public policy and voting related to aging and disability.

Presentation topics are expected to be:

Olmstead Decision and healthcare reform, mental health and aging, local resources and coordination, self-advocacy, supporting the caregiver, mental health and managed care, housing and homelessness, advance health directives, voting and substance abuse disorders.

The workshops will be geared toward supporting attendees with specific actions that can be taken after the conference to empower themselves and the community.

Last year, local senior activist Mary Tucker, said of the conference: "(It) brought us together as a community and really gave me information about how I can remain living in the community as I get older."

The conference is being hosted by the Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) of Nevada County, a network of public, private, and nonprofits agencies geared toward ensuring older adults, people with disabilities, caregivers and family members have access to community support and services.

The ADRC model uses a no-wrong-door approach where individuals experience streamlined access to information and services through better coordination, reducing duplication and sharing information across networks.

Space is limited. To RSVP, call 211. For information about the ADRC, or to access services, call 211 Nevada County or FREED at (530) 477-3333 Voice, or (530) 477-8194 TTY.

The conference is supported by a grant from The SCAN Foundation, advancing services for older adults that preserve dignity and independence. Conference sponsors include California Health and Wellness, Westamerica Bank and Dignity Health.

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