G. Allen Power, Author

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The LGBT Aging Solutions Network will hold its monthly meeting on Oct. 20, 7 p.m., at PACE, 6133 The Plaza. Representatives from Time Out Youth Center will be attending as guests and will share their story.

Reservations are requested. Email clt.lgbt.elders@gmail.com to sign up.

In other news, Katie Kutcher, education program manager with Mecklenburg Council on Aging, will hold a volunteer transportation service training on Oct. 16, 9 p.m., at Hal Marshall Building, 700 N. Tryon St. Volunteer Transportation Services (VTS) is a new transportation service for older adults, people with disabilities and veterans. VTS is now recruiting volunteer drivers. Volunteers complete a full-day orientation, an online Proactive Driving course, a criminal and driving background check, in addition to complete a drug screening. RSVP is required to attend. Call 844-887-7433 or email centralinaavts@centraline.org or sign up. Email Kutcher at kkutcher@charmeckcoa.org to learn more about the program.

On Nov. 7, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3400 Beatties Ford Rd., the Centralina Area Agency on Aging Annual Conference will take place. The program is entitled “2014: The Power of Agency.”

This is one of the largest one-day educational conferences on aging and healthcare issues in the Charlotte region.

The baby boomers have come of age and over 10,000 people a day are turning 65. To prepare for this change and be able to address the needs of the aging population, new concepts for old approaches will be necessary. New approaches will be discussed, as well as the wide range of possibilities in delivering a new, person-centered delivery system for seniors in North Carolina.

Featured keynote speaker is G. Allen Power, an internist, geriatrician and clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y. He is also a Certified Eden Alternative Educator, a member of the Eden Alternative board of directors and an international educator on transformational models of care for older adults, particularly those living with changing cognitive abilities. He will speak on “Dementia Beyond Disease: Enhancing Well-Being” during his address.

The afternoon will include a choice of practical, skills-based workshops. Other conference activities will include an exhibit hall with over 50 exhibitors from the aging and healthcare field, in addition to a resource table with books and DVDs available for sale. Nursing Continuing Education Units (application pending approval for 5.25 contact hours) are available at no additional cost.

A complete itinerary is available on the conference website.

Registration is $50. Deadline is Oct. 27.

info: charmeckcoa.org. cvent.com/events/2014-aging-conference-the-power-of-aging/event-summary-02c7cb7b16234ce5b784b3fadb79a4f0.aspx.

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