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Victory Noll Center focuses on isses of aging

Posted: Friday, August 15, 2014

The past decade has been marked by increased public awareness of the dynamics of the aging process for persons worldwide. With the growing number of the elderly populations within our communities, and the acknowledgement of social justice issues impacting them, Victory Noll Center in Huntington presents “Elder Awareness Day” on Friday, September 12, in an effort to raise public awareness to the social and psychological issues of aging.

The need for understanding how the aging process impacts the well-being of an elderly individual, and their loved ones and caretakers, is an important step forward in intergenerational development, the empowerment of the elderly, and skills for improved service strategies of elder care-ism.

Keynote speaker for the event is James Gambone, PhD. He is a published author, award winning filmmaker and national and international speaker, trainer and consultant. He will share his wisdom and knowledge about the aging process and the importance of developing intergenerational relationships, when caring for the elderly.

The featured artist for the day is storyteller Emily J. Guerrero. She provides a one-woman play called “Monarchs and Matriarchs,” a story that speaks to the value of intergenerational relationships and begins with her great, great-grandmother in 1846, in Sabinas Hildago, Nuevo Leon, Mexico and winds its way across America to the Heartland of the Midwest. These stories are about women from six generations spanning 1847 to 2014. Like Monarch butterflies, the origins of these women and girls, are transcontinental, transformative, defy the winds of change, very delicate/extremely strong, and each unique in their beauty. There will also be two breakout sessions during the day.

Manchester University professor Cheri Krueckeberg will present “Honoring Aging Bodies and Minds,” while grief counselor and educator Lili Carroll will present “Grief and Growing Older Gracefully.”

The program runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, September 12 at Victory Noll Center. The cost is $35 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch, and also a copy of James Gambone’s booklet “Generations.”

For more information about Victory Noll Center, 1900 W. Park Drive, or to register for the program, call (260) 356-0628, ext. 174, or contact the Center by e-mail at victorynollcenter@olvm.org. More information is also available on the Center's website at www.olvm.org/vncenter.