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614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598

Date: May 2, 2016
Contact: Vicki Hanson, Division of Aging and Long-Term Care
Kitsap County Human Services
360.337.5700 or
No: 2016-042

Tony Ventrella headlines Kitsap's 25th annual Older American Conference May 18
Free event focus is "Your Silver Lining-Blazing a Trail"

(Bremerton, WA) – May is nationally recognized as Older Americans Month. In its honor, Kitsap County’s Division of Aging and Long-Term Care, in cooperation with the Long-Term Care Alliance, is hosting the 25th annual 2016 Older American Conference, which takes place 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 18th at the Bremerton Elks Lodge, 4131 Pine Road NE, Bremerton. Registration begins at 8 a.m. This year’s conference, which is free and open to the public, focuses on “Your Silver Lining – Blaze A Trail.”

In recognition of the 25th annual conference, local media personality Tony Ventrella will share an inspirational message about making the golden years the best years. He worked as the sports director of KING-5 and KIRO-7 for 22 years, and covered two Olympic Games; several World Series, Super Bowls, and Final Four basketball tournaments; and three Rose Bowls.

Doors open at 8 a.m. for the 2016 Older American Conference and complimentary refreshments will be served. There will also be an educational presentation on local emergency response operations, and vendor booths specific to seniors and related services.

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy and the members of the National Council of Senior Citizens designated May as Senior Citizen Month, a prelude to Older Americans Month. The annual event recognizes and honors the contributions of all senior citizens, past and present, and in particular those who served in the military to defend the United States. Last year, the first wave of the 78 million members of the Baby Boomer generation turned 65 years old. It is estimated an additional 10,000 more people reach that milestone every day. Older people are not only living longer, but also staying healthier and more active much later in life.

Due to limited space, conference registration is required though there is no charge to attend. Call the Kitsap County Division of Aging and Long-Term Care to register at 360.337.5700 or 800.562.6418. Individuals who may require special accommodations should contact Vicki Hanson at 360.337.5700, 800.562.6418 or TDD 360.307.4280. One week advance notice is needed for interpreter services.

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Last Updated:  May 03, 2016