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Older but Bolder
Capital University will host “Older but Bolder,” a two-day symposium on active aging, March 13-14. Features include a presentation on “Changing the Way We Age” by Colin Milner, the CEO of the International Council on Active Aging, and a fun, interactive movement activity led by Maestro David Dworkin, founder of Conductorcise.
The symposium will “engage Capital University and the Central Ohio community in conversations about programming for adults, particularly older adults, related to health,” says Dr. Ann Peden, dean of Nursing. Capital’s Nursing program, working with sponsors and local health agencies, is providing participants the opportunity to hear from internationally recognized experts in healthy aging and to interact with others who have a common interest in boldy, growing older. Leah Klusch, BSN, RN, a 1966 Capital graduate, introduced the idea of an active aging symposium to Peden. They saw this as a great opportunity to work hand-in-hand with Capital’s Nursing students, surrounding health agencies, and the community to educate adults about the importance of embracing aging with confidence and to being aware of what local resources, such as OhioHealth and The Ohio State University, have to offer. According to Peden, Capital Nursing students enrolled in Community Health Nursing have participated in health-related activities, such as Bexley Chats, that are aimed toward greater health programming for older adults in Bexley. They conducted assessments and interviewed key informants for recommendations on programs for aging adults. The health of aging adults is an important topic that the Nursing students, Klusch, and Peden are all concerned about. They hope this event will help stimulate greater discussions about healthy, active aging. Peden would love for the event to become an annual tradition. “We will be seeking evaluation data from participants. We hope this will provide direction for future programming.” This event has been made possible by the support and sponsorship of many local organizations, including the Bexley Community Foundation, the Bexley Wellness Fund and OhioHealth. Maestro Dworkin’s Conductorcise activity is sponsored by Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital. Chopsticks have been donated by Peking Dynasty, a Bexley-area restaurant, to simulate batons for the Conductorcise activity.
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