2017 Colorado Post-Polio Educational Conference

Aging in Place   & Exploring Your Toolbox of Possibilities

Join your friends, and make new friends at this Colorado Post-Polio 2017 Educational Conference and take the opportunity to learn about the “tools” that are available to help you age in place, maintain or enhance your current life style and plan for the future.  This user-friendly event will draw on experts to help you explore the possibilities to do so.  The focus of this conference is on the practical aspects of keeping polio survivors active, safe and involved in their world.  This means that the conference planners invite you to be active in your learning, and not just sit and hear lectures.

Reception

Friday, September 8, 2017, 6 – 8 p.m.
Sheraton Denver West Green Mountain Room
360 Union Blvd.
Lakewood, CO 80226

Conference

Saturday, September 9, 2017, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Mile Hi Church Community Center
9077 W. Alameda Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80226

For further information, contact Jan Hamilton– *protected email*

Dr. Marny Eulberg will give the keynote address followed by Jill Eelkema, DRCOG—Aging and Disability Resource Center Manager, who will talk about resources and agencies available in the community and how to access them.

The rest of the day will include a rotation of breakout sessions.  Each participant will be scheduled into all three major activities—Taking Care of Your Body, Devices to Improve Quality of Life, and Making Use of Technology.  There will be small group activities within each of these major areas, designed to address your specific needs, abilities and interests.

Taking Care of Your Body will focus on physical activity, physical fitness and exercise.  Participants will have an opportunity to either explore physical therapy exercises, learn about and practice some balance exercises, do some adaptive yoga and explore yoga therapy, or get a taste of qigong, a form of Tai Chi that is adaptable to persons with physical disabilities.

Devices to Improve Quality of Life will explore options for use in daily living and to help with mobility. Daily living devices help make the kitchen more user-friendly, help with personal care and improve household activities.  Crutches, canes, and walkers make us safer by preventing falling, and can expand a world outside the house.  Information on bracing options that were not available years ago will be available.  Scooters and wheel chairs will also be available to try out.  Included in this rotation will be a lecture on emergency preparedness for persons with disabilities.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own assistive devices so that they can be evaluated in terms of proper fit and safety, as well as compare them with other options that are available.

Making Use of Technology explores tools and resources that help prevent isolation, provides a means of accessing latest information about polio and other health issues and allows a connection with other polio survivors.   A Jefferson County Library media instructor will provide laptop computers and instruction, based on your level of expertise, on how to become connected to the Internet, and help you explore the electronic world that is available through your library. You can then use your own computer, tablet and/or smartphone after the conference to keep up with what you have learned.  A list of web sites will provide access to information about polio, connect you with other polio survivors and open up the chance to explore the world from your home.  Participants are invited to bring their own portable electronic devices to use so they can “save” what they have learned in order to access the sites again later.

The event includes a catered reception on Friday evening, and a continental breakfast and lunch at the conference on Saturday.  The cost is $80.00 and partial scholarships are available.  Out of town guests can stay at the Sheraton Denver West.

Colorado Post-Polio and Easter Seals Colorado looks forward to seeing you at the conference and hopes that not only will you be active in learning new information but will have fun doing so!  See you in September!