Thursday, September 28, 2017

Lake Pearl Luciano’s – Wrentham, MA

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

presented by

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Admission $10 per participant (community members)

$30 per participant (professional attendees) 

Please join us for HESSCO’s 13th Annual Fall Conference (formerly HESSCO’s Caregiver Day of Resources & Relaxation).  This event is open to caregivers, seniors, family members and everyone interested in learning more about Aging Well.  Please join us for this fun, relaxing and enjoyable day!  To register, please click the link below. For more information, please contact Debbie Fradkin at 781-784-4944 or


9:00 Registration/Check-in, Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:45 Exhibitor Fair/Wellness Room

10:00 – 10:45 The Spy Who Uncovered the Secret of Aging Well:  The Art and Science of Living Smart After 50 Bruce Frankel

10:45 – 11:30 Perspectives in Aging Well – Panel Discussion Robert Pierson, RSVP; Dr. Madhav Kacker, Community Member; Shannon Collins, Family Caregiver Specialist, HESSCO

11:30 – 12:30 Break-out Block – Exhibitor Fair, Wellness Room, Men’s Group, Guided Meditation

12:30 – 1:15 Lunch and Brain Games

1:15 – 2:00 Evidence Based Programs to Help You Age Well Caitlin Gibbs, Director of Health Innovation. Hockomock Area YMCA

2:00 Exhibitor Fair, Wellness Room and Relaxation Room Close

2:00 – 2:15 Closing Remarks

2:15 – 2:30 Raffle


Open 9-2 – Companies and Organizations will display information, resources and/or tools about aging well.


Open 9-2 – Offering a variety of pampering treatments featuring Perfectly Balanced Life, a company dedicated to teaching relaxation techniques and offering massage and meditation to seniors.   You can sign up for the treatment of your choice (chair massage, reflexology, satin hand treatments) on the day of the event on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Open 9-2 – Featuring health screenings, SHINE counseling, Medication Reviews and Options Counseling (providing information and assistance in connecting with appropriate resources). Participants are encouraged to bring a list of current medications for 1:1 meetings with SHINE counselors and staff from Mass College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.


Bruce Frankel is a nationally is a nationally-known activist in the field of positive aging. He is the author of the best-selling book What Should I Do With The Rest Of My Life?, a leader of The Life Planning Network, and an entrepreneur building digital communities. He was a writer and editor for People magazine and Time Inc. and the New York-based national reporter for USA Today. He lives in Sharon, MA.

Robert Pierson is the Director of Norfolk County Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) which recruits and places volunteers age 55+ in community assignments throughout Norfolk County.

Shannon Collins is a licensed social worker and a certified Savvy Caregiver Program facilitator. As the Family Caregiver Specialist at HESSCO, Shannon connects caregivers with resources, and provides answers, direction and emotional support.

Madhav Kacker, D.B.A. is a retired professor having taught marketing and international business courses at various schools including Hofstra University in Long Island and Suffolk University in Boston. As a volunteer, he has served on the Board of AARP state office and on HESSCO advisory board. Currently, Dr. Kacker serves on the board of Sharon COA.

Hockomock Area YMCA partners with organizations in its 15 communities to implement evidence-based health intervention programs focused on changing health behavior. Caitlin Gibbs, Director of Health Innovation, will present on the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, other supportive programs and introduce a low-impact exercise class.


Mike O’Donnell, BSW, is a social worker and Human Rights Officer at Norwood Adult Day Health Center.  He facilitates their caregiver support group.

Al Bugeau is currently caring for his wife of 55 years. He is actively involved in the community and has completed the Powerful Tools for Caregivers class.


Soni Sayana began her study and practice of Raja Yoga in 2011 at the Learning Center for Peace in Watertown, MA.  Since 2012, she has served her hometown community of Westwood, MA by teaching meditation classes.  She is also a part of ShineBright Workshops, which introduces mindfulness, yoga and meditation to children.

2017 Age Well with HESSCO Registration
Age Well with HESSCO Sponsors