Conference to offer education and entertainment for older North Dakotans
August 8, 2002
Bismarck, N.D. - The Governor's Committee on Aging and the Department of Human Services are sponsoring the upcoming Western North Dakota Statehouse Conference on Aging, to be held September 17-18, 2002, at the Four Bears Event Center near New Town. The conference will feature history, cultural enrichment, education about current issues affecting older North Dakotans, and plenty of entertainment. Senior adults and others are invited and encouraged to attend. The $10 registration fee includes all conference sessions, two main meals, continental breakfasts, and coffee breaks.
Featured speaker Gerard Baker, a member of the Three Affiliated Tribes, will talk about the roles of elders in Mandan and Hidatsa Society at the time of Lewis and Clark. Baker will also present a mini-session on the early fur trade. Other conference sessions will focus on vulnerable adult protective services, advance care planning, quilting, grandparents caring for grandchildren, and avoiding scams and consumer fraud. The Graying of North Dakota Coalition and the Silver Haired Education Association will also present updates about issues of concern to older persons.
Participants will also enjoy cowboy poet and humorist Rodney Nelson, and fiddlers Delmer and Linda Falcon, as well as evening entertainment offered by the Four Bears Event Center. Door prize drawings, bone density screening, cholesterol testing, and informational booths will round out the activities.
The deadline to register is August 23, 2002. For information call Regional Aging Services at (701) 328-8868 or (888) 328-2662. Lodging is not included in the conference fee. To make lodging reservations, call the Four Bears Event Center at (800) 294-5454 and request the conference room rate.
Representatives from AARP, the Dacotah Foundation and its Foster Grandparent Program, and the Department of Human Services' Aging Services Division and three human service centers assisted the Governor's Committee with conference planning. All facilities are accessible.
Mark Jesser, Regional Aging Services Program Administrator, Badlands Human Service Center, Dickinson, (701) 227-7557,
Mari Don Sorum, Regional Aging Services Program Administrator, North Central Human Service Center, Minot, (701) 857-8627, or
Cherry Schmidt, Regional Aging Services Program Administrator, West Central Human Service Center, Bismarck, (701) 328-8787
Heather Steffl, Public Information Specialist, Department of Human Services, (701) 328-4933