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What to Expect at the 20th Annual Southern Utah Seniors Conference

The Southern Utah Seniors Conference is just days away. Whether you’ve attended in the past or this is your first time attending, it’s going to be an exciting event! Returning to an in-person format this year, the conference features a Vendor Fair, demonstrations, panel discussion, breakout sessions, lunch, keynote address, awards, and door prizes. The theme for this year’s conference is The Roaring 20’s and topics focus on making connections and how connections protect you as you age. Today we would like to introduce our speakers and their topics.

The conference will begin with a Panel Discussion entitled “Older Adults and Fraud: What you Need to Know to Stay Protected.” Panelists from the Utah Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, Utah Division of Consumer Protection, Utah Senior Medicare Patrol and the Utah Division of Securities will discuss common scams and frauds affecting older adults. They will also discuss what makes someone more likely to be a victim of scams and fraud and what people can do to protect themselves.

Following the panel discussion, we will have two breakout sessions with two options for each session. Options for Session 1 are: “Making Connections to Prevent Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation” by Alissa Ranf of Utah Adult Protective Services and “The Third Chapter- Creating New Adventures and Maintaining Old Relationships,” by teacher, attorney and author Teresa Burrell. Options for Session 2 are: “Connecting Generations Through Music” with Roger Olcott and Art Kaufman, and “Don’t Be a Bluenose: How to Have Fun Despite Dementia” by Kate Nederostek of the Utah Division of Aging and Adult Services. Don’t worry if you can’t decide which session to attend. All sessions will be recorded and posted to the Southern Utah Seniors Conference website after the event.

After the breakout sessions, lunch will be served to the first 200 registered participants.

Following lunch, we will be pleased to hear from our Keynote speakers, Michael Bahr and Jessica Kinsey. Michael is the Education Director for the Utah Shakespeare Festival and Jessica is the Executive Director for the Southern Museum of Art. Together, they will discuss how the Arts help people create and maintain relationships by serving as a catalyst for conversation and connection.

To wrap up the day, we will present the Nancy Morrill From the Heart Award to this year’s recipient. Following the award, door prizes will be given.

We would like to thank our sponsors, Amada Senior Care, Ovation Sienna Hills, Southern Utah Veterans Home and the Utah Geriatric Education Consortium for making this event possible.

Registration for the conference is still available. You can register online at You can also find a detailed schedule as well as information about our speakers and sponsors. After the event, you can find recordings of all the conference sessions.

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