Atwood is keynote speaker at Oct. 4 Aging Well Living Well Expo

LEWISTON – The 12th annual Aging Well Living Well Expo kicks off on Friday, Oct. 4, with a breakfast keynote address by Diane Atwood, former health reporter on WCSH6.
The Aging Well Living Well Expo is presented by SeniorsPlus is from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the entry fee includes breakfast and lunch, as well as entrance to workshops.
Atwood authors the “Catching Health with Diane Atwood” blog, and this year introduced her podcast “Conversations About Aging,” interviewing people across Maine ages 60 to 100 about their perspectives on aging. Her keynote will focus on these life stories and on the discoveries she has made working on her podcast.
In the interviews that comprise her podcast, she encourages her subjects to think deeply about how they are living their lives. Their responses encourage a wider conversation about growing older. In her talk, Diane will share some of the stories she’s heard and the lessons she has learned.
Attendees are invited to explore serious learning, such as understanding Medicare options and fraud and scam awareness, as well as first-time explorations like learning about self-employment and marijuana. The workshops to be presented at the Expo cover a spectrum of topics including law, health, exercise, cooking, and art. Workshop titles range from “Healthy Dessert Choices” to “Long Term Care Planning,” to “Self Defense and Safety” and “Downsizing Made Easy.” Workshops run 75 minutes each.
“Our goal is to inspire and encourage healthy, active aging,” said Betsy Sawyer-Manter, [resident and CEO of SeniorsPlus. Almost 300 people attended the Expo last year.
Tickets are $25 and can be bought via the brochure downloadable at www.seniorsplus.org/AWLW or by calling 1 800-427-1241. Raffle and chondola ride tickets may be bought for an additional fee. Seats are limited; advance registration is strongly recommended. A schedule of programming can be found at the SeniorsPlus website www.seniorsplus.org.