State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) is hosting a free Aging Parent Conference on Sept. 5, at the McGlinn Conference Center, 460 St. Bernardine Street, adjacent to Alvernia University.
The conference is inspired by Schwank’s late mother, Margaret Levine, who passed away in May. In the week leading to her passing, Schwank and her family were inundated with difficult decisions that had to be made quickly. After her passing, Schwank received messages of support from friends and constituents.
“I was amazed by how many people said they were unprepared to care for their parents and deal with end-of-life decisions,” Schwank said. “These are important issues we must address as our population ages.”
The conference is aimed to serve the adults who already are caring for their elderly parents and those concerned about doing so in the near future and will cover the gamut of aging issues. The itinerary includes panel discussions with experts in eldercare, legal and financial issues. Attendees will have the option to attend a Dementia Live workshop, a dementia simulation experience, and other workshops where they can get answers to questions they have.
In addition to Schwank, speakers include the Pennsylvania Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne and Berks Encore President LuAnn Oatman. A conference schedule can be found at www.senatorschwank.com/agingparent.
Margaret Levine was a nurse for most of her life, and believed in helping others, Schwank said.
“I believe this conference will honor her memory, and I hope that it will provide a foundation for anyone starting the journey of caring for his or her parents,” Schwank said.
Conference will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 5 at McGlinn Conference Center, 460 St. Bernardine St., Reading. For more information and to register, visit www.senatorschwank.com/agingparent.