Conference on Aging set May 20-22 in Norman

The Oklahoma Conference on Aging is expected to draw more than 1,500 people to Norman.
By Jim Killackey, For The Oklahoman Modified: May 9, 2014 at 10:00 am •  Published: May 8, 2014
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More than 1,500 seniors and elder-care advocates are expected to attend a convention in Norman designed to help make life healthier, happier and safer for Oklahoma’s aging population.

The 36th annual Oklahoma Conference on Aging is set for May 20-22 at the Embassy Suites Norman Hotel and Convention Center.

“Aging can be one of the most inspiring times of your life,” said Katherine McRae, a conference organizer with the Oklahoma Council on Aging, a branch of the state Department of Human Services.

“However, aging is frequently seen with a negative connotation because of the many changes one experiences and losses one encounters as we age. But aging does not have to be seen as negative.”

One of the keynote speakers is Dr. R. Murali Krishna, who will “share what science tells us and experiences show us — that with a healthy attitude, connectivity and coping skills — one can develop an inspired, fully resilient and vibrant life,” said McRae. Krishna is president of Integris Mental Health and co-founder of the James L. Hall Jr. Center for Mind, Body and Spirit.

“The conference theme is inspired living. I believe all of our sessions are geared toward giving information and resources to seniors for them to have the tools to live inspired, healthy lives mentally, physically and emotionally,” McRae said.