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Health and Wellness Forum in Oakes
BISMARCK, N.D. (LuWanna K. Lawrence, ND Dept. of Human Services) – The Region VI Council of the Governor’s Committee on Aging is hosting an educational health and wellness forum on Thurs., May 16, 2013, from 8:45 a.m. to noon in the Ottertail Community Room, 103 S. Fifth St., in Oakes, N.D.

Representatives from Oakes Community Hospital will lead the two morning presentations. Jan Quandt, a licensed clinical social worker, will discuss healthcare directive including living wills and power of attorney for health care and Barb Erlandson, a diabetes educator, will share tips on healthy eating.

Tara Schmitz, a pharmacist from the North Dakota State University College of Pharmacy, will answer medication questions starting at 10:30 a.m. followed by a discussion on healthy eye care by Dr. Geoffrey Rath. The forum is free and open to the public.

“Learning how to staying active and engaged helps seniors live healthier lives,” said Jan Engan, director of the N.D. Department of Human Services’ Aging Services Division. “This event celebrates Older Americans Month and provides useful information that can help older adults continue to flourish in their communities.”

A meal will be served following the presentations. The suggested donation for the noon meal is $3.50 for people over the age of 60, and $8 for other attendees. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Oakes Senior Center at 701-742-3509 or dcscoake@drtel.net by Wed., May 15.

The forum is sponsored by the Governor’s Committee on Aging, South Central Human Service Center’s Aging Services Unit, and Dickey County Senior Services.

The Governor’s Older Americans Month proclamation can be viewed online at www.nd.gov/dhs/services/adultsaging/

For more information on the educational forum, contact Carrie Thompson-Widmer at South Central Human Service Center at 701-253-6300, toll-free 800-260-1310, ND Relay TTY 800-366-6888 or cathompson@nd.gov.