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Conference on aging planned

September 24, 1998

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The 1998 West Virginia Conference on Aging will be Wednesday, Sept. 30, and Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Martinsburg Holiday Inn.

West Virginia has the highest median age of any state in the United States.

Speaking at the conference will be Gov. Cecil H. Underwood; Dr. Hana Hermanova of the West Virginia University Center on Aging; Dr. Robert D'Alessandri, vice president for health sciences and dean of medicine at WVU; Patrician Bradford, commissioner of the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services; and Robert Perelman, president of the West Virginia AARP.

The conference, with the theme, "Images of Aging," is designed for anyone who works in the field of aging or with an aging clientele. This includes health professionals, educators, service providers, administrators, elected officers and other interested individuals.

The following sessions will be offered: Healthy Aging, Transitions from Independence to Dependence, Art and Lifestyles, and Aging - The Final Frontier. The sessions will address older adults as individuals in contemporary situations.

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On Oct. 1, Underwood will speak at the group's celebration of the International Day of Older Persons.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. Sept. 30, and the first session starts at 1 p.m. The conference concludes at 4:15 p.m. Oct. 1.

To register, call the WVU Center on Aging at 1-888-WVAGING.

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