For nearly thirty years, Bridges has provided an opportunity for those with heavy hearts to do something all too rare and yet so essential; to publicly acknowledge and mourn our losses and journey together toward healing. And this year’s ceremony has some new features that we hope will enhance the experience for everyone.
For more information, visit: http://bridgessc.org/special-events/candlelight-memorial/
Lowcountry Senior Network members, friends, and the community will gather to celebrate Charleston Area Senior Citizens and the Meals on Wheels Program at the Cooper River Room, located within Mt. Pleasant’s picturesque Memorial Waterfront Park. Last year this event raised $9,000 to benefit Meals on Wheels of Charleston and those local residents currently on the waiting list to receive services.
For information on tickets or becoming a sponsor contact: Kelly Franklin at email@example.com
This event is a tribute to the creative spirit that survives in spite of the many losses experienced with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. The artwork will be created throughout the year by the participants who attend Respite Care Charleston’s social day programs. Your support through participation in this event helps RCC achieve its mission of providing social day programs to individuals with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, as well as caregiver support groups for their families who love and care for them.
Contact Jennifer Hartig for more information: 843-647-7405 or firstname.lastname@example.org
James L. Kirkland, MD. PhD., Professor of Medicine and Physiology, Mayo Clinic
Dr. Kirkland investigates the impact of cellular aging (senescence) on age-related dysfunction and chronic diseases, and methods to counter-act these effects.
Keynote Address: "Cellular Senescence, Senolytics, Chronic Disease, and Aging"
For schedule and more information, visit: www.facebook.com/seniorresourcesummit
Presented by the South Carolina Coalition for the Care of the Seriously Ill, South Carolina Medical Association, Roper St. Francis and All About Seniors, the Aging Gracefully conference is dedicated to bringing information regarding the various issues faced by the aging adult through education and preparation.
For more information: www.scmedical.org/aginggracefully
MUSC Center on Aging faculty presented on various topics related to dementia, including ongoing research, nutrition, imaging technology and yogic breathing techniques. Free and open to patients, caregivers, social workers, and healthcare professionals. Read more about the event in the Summer edition of the Center on Aging Newsletter!
The Center on Aging sponsored this event for some “serious fun” featuring live performances by a singer-songwriter, poet, & professional storyteller as well as art exhibits, pet therapy dogs, creative & fun hands-on activities & games, food trucks & more. So, you probably have a good sense of “living fully,” but what is “dying well” you might ask? Well, while it may sound surprising, it is a gift – one that you give yourself and those you love.
The basics are simple – reflecting on your values, wishes & fears, talking with family & friends, getting things in order, and grieving fully in ways that honor the memories of those who’ve died. And here’s the best part, learning about dying well is really about making time to live fully – it’s about focusing our “one wild & precious life” on what matters most in whatever phase of life you may find yourself.
We know that the arts are a wonderful, safe, even fun, way to approach what can be difficult topics. So, this festival was for everyone – whether 25 or 45 or 75; whether you are a healthcare professional or a family caregiver; whether planning way ahead or in need of some timely support.
Each year SCARN partners with a university to host the Annual Aging Research Day, a state-wide research conference focused on aging-related issues. This year, USC hosted the 13th Annual Aging Research Day on April 7, 2017 at the Hilton Columbia Center in downtown Columbia. The conference attracted researchers, practitioners, students, and older community members to learn about topics related to the theme, “Health and Technology Supports for Aging-in-Place.”
A fun-filled day in support of Respite Care Charleston, a local non-profit providing support and services for families affected by Alzheimer's and other types of dementia.
Free health screenings for seniors, healthy cooking demonstrations, fitness programs, vendors, health and safety resources, etc. Free admission! Watch the 2017 Recap video.
Dr. Boger joined a panel of experts to take questions from families affected by dementia.
As an active member of NAIPC, the Center on Aging was pleased to be able to host the 2016 Annual Meeting on campus at the historic Baruch Auditorium. Thursday, December 1st the conference commenced with a council of chapters meeting to include all of the NAIPC chapters represented from across the country. This was followed by a chapter roundtable, networking, discussion on collaborating with other organizations and a presentation by the Charleston Chapter on local programs and initiatives. The schedule for day 2 comprised of the ACT III Road Show that featured five panels to discuss issues of housing, personal finance, transportation, health and wellness, and social engagement, including how these areas pertain to successfully aging in place.
On Thursday, December 1, 2016 Lowcountry Senior Network members, friends, and the community gathered to celebrate Charleston Area Senior Citizens and the Meals on Wheels Program at the Cooper River Room, located within Mt. Pleasant’s picturesque Memorial Waterfront Park. Together, this first year’s event raised $9,000 to benefit Meals on Wheels of Charleston and those local residents currently on the waiting list to receive services.
NAIPC held The Gifts of Aging Celebration, honoring individuals who are being recognized as community role models. These honorees are leading the way and showing all of us the ways to age successfully! Each honoree was nominated by an organization or individual that participates in NAIPC. They have been nominated based on the following criteria: continuing to learn, getting satisfaction from life, service to others, resilience, and other notable qualities. The Center on Aging was pleased to honor Margaret Eargle, who has volunteered for the MUSC Senior Mentor Program for nearly a decade and has graduated a record number of medical students. She has been a valuable advocate of the program in the community and was named 2012 Mentor of the Year. Ms. Eargle’s encouraging attitude and enthusiasm for life are contagious to all around her. In her own words, “I just love all of my little med students…keep ‘em coming!” Ms. Eargle’s dedication to helping others, especially her beloved students, is inspiring and we were proud to nominate her for this honor.
Art show, sale, and silent auction to benefit the programs of Respite Care Charleston.
The Center on Aging joined the Lowcountry Senior Network and ServiceMasters to pass out free ice cream treats to area senior centers.
“Sensory Systems in Aging” was presented by South Carolina Aging Research Network (SCARN) and hosted by MUSC Center on Aging.
Our keynote speaker was Dr. Nicolas Bazan, who is internationally recognized for his contributions to neuroscience and research in vision and ophthalmology, as well as an author, educator, mentor, developer, music enthusiast, and art lover.
Dr. Bazan’s first novel was adapted into the award winning film, Of Mind and Music , formerly Una Vida , which was a large part of the inspiration for this year’s theme on sensory systems.
Joining Dr. Bazan, were the following researchers discussing how aging and age-related diseases affect the senses:
Xue Z. Liu, MD, PhD - University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Baerbel Rohrer, PhD - MUSC
Chris Gregory, PhD - MUSC
Ellen Vincent, PhD - Clemson University
Renata Leite, PhD - MUSC
Victor Hirth, MD, MHA, CMD, FACP, AGSF - Palmetto Health
Johnell Brooks, PhD - Clemson University
Stacey Pierce - PharmRight Corp
Congratulations to the winners of the abstract contest!