Rep. Phil Roe to speak at aging forum at Northeast State

Published 9:10 am Friday, October 10, 2014

Congressman Phil Roe will provide opening remarks at a public education forum for aging services in Tennessee. The Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability, in partnership with East Tennessee State University and other state agencies and non-profits, will host a free educational event: Tennessee for a Lifetime.
“This is a great opportunity for people in the area to learn about important issues regarding aging,” Roe stated. “This program is specifically designed to provide basic information regarding matters that impact all of us in some way.”
Jim Shulman, the Executive Director of the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability, also stressed the importance of the way the program is being presented. “We know that it is almost impossible to learn everything about a particular matter in one setting,” Shulman noted. “We want to provide people with the basic framework of a program and then make sure people have the opportunity to know where the resources are in case they need to know more.”
The event, intended as the first in a series, will provide helpful, easy-to-understand, information on a broad range of age- and health-related topics. “These are lessons on aging for all ages, but especially those concerned about the second half of life. We are all living longer. This is the information we need to stay active, healthy and engaged in our communities for as long as possible,” Shulman said
Topics will include: Aging in Place; End of Life Care; Medicare; Nursing Homes/Assisted Living; Caregiving; Financial Planning;
Alzheimer’s Disease; and Technology.
In addition, there will be representatives from a variety of different organizations to help answer any individual questions or concerns regarding services such as Medicare, Social Security and VA benefits.
Tennessee for a Lifetime will take place at Northeast State Community College on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 8 a.m., will last until noon and includes a free BBQ lunch from Firehouse BBQ.
This event is free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to register at

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