Thank You for Making our 13th Annual Fall Conference a Huge Success!!!

September 28th was another beautiful fall day at Lake Pearl Luciano’s for HESSCO’s 13th Annual Fall Conference “Age Well with HESSCO Day” (formerly HESSCO’s Caregiver Day of Resources & Relaxation).  Caregivers, seniors, family members and everyone interested in learning more about Aging Well were invited to join in for this fun, relaxing and enjoyable day.

Presenting Sponsor, Dedham Savings, and Platinum Sponsor, Whitney Place at Sharon / Salmon VNA & Hospice, were among the 45 professional organizations and service providers that took part in an exposition offering valuable information, resources, giveaways and wonderful raffle prizes to caregivers and seniors.  A Wellness Room featuring health screenings, flu shots, SHINE counseling (Medicare options), Medication Reviews and Options Counseling (information and assistance in connecting with appropriate resources) was offered.  Participants were also treated to chair massage and satin hands pampering treatments in the Relaxation Room overlooking the beautiful courtyard.

Bruce Frankel, a nationally- known activist in the field of positive aging, set the framework for the day with his presentation, “The Spy Who Uncovered the Secret of Aging Well: The Art and Science of Living Smart After 50.” He was followed by a panel presentation which tapped into the topics of volunteerism and caring of oneself as a caregiver in regards to aging well.  Caitlin Gibbs, Director of Health Innovation, Hockomock Area YMCA, provided an overview of the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program and other evidence-based health intervention programs focused on changing health behaviors, and closed with an introduction to a low-impact exercise class geared toward seniors.  Guided Meditation sessions facilitated by Soni Sayana and a Men’s Caregiver Support Group facilitated by Mike O’Donnell, BSW, Norwood Adult Day Health were also offered.  Nearly 300 individuals attended the event.  Thank you to all of our sponsors, speakers, volunteers and participants who joined together to make this event the huge success it was.  We can’t wait until next year!

Age Well with HESSCO Sponsors