SYMPOSIUM DIGEST 2015 OK 1 By Ann McCarthy

June is Senior’s Month, and there are many events happening around Kamloops to celebrate seniors.
Oncore Seniors Society, in partnership with the City of Kamloops, is celebrating with the Second Annual Seniors’ Symposium, taking place on Friday, June 12. If you are a senior, or a caregiver, we warmly invite you to attend.
If you took part in the Symposium last year, you gave us strong feedback. You wanted to know more about housing options for seniors.
We recognize that your home is extremely important to you. Your home is your strength, your memories and your place of refuge. It is your safety and your joy. As you age, all of these factors become so much more important, especially if you have to say goodbye to a family home for financial reasons or because of declining health. We want you to know all of your options as you age.
That’s why we are offering Seniors’ Housing Demystified, a presentation to give you all the information you need to know about access and options for government-funded assisted living facilities.
Interior Health staff members will be there to tell you what you need to know. You will also be able to talk to a wide variety of non-profit and private housing providers.
Information about Home Health Care is another reason to be at this year’s Symposium.
Last year you voiced your opinions about lack of information pertaining to this important area.
We have invited a team from Home Health Care in Kamloops; they will tell you about access and options in Home Health Care from Interior Health.
Are you concerned about Alzheimer’s? That’s another reason why you should attend the Symposium.  We will have the latest and most up-to-date information about an issue that could affect every family in our community.
Do you want to know more about Internet and smartphone safety? Representatives from Telus will be at the Symposium to tell you how to lower your risk of financial fraud, phishing, and elder abuse through phones and the Internet.
Telus Health will tell you all about the growing demand for automated home health. Imagine having a blood pressure machine at home that transmits the results to your doctor, wherever they may be!  The presentation will provide a glimpse of what is real today and what is coming to help us all better manage our health.
The City of Kamloops will again deliver their lively and energetic Health and Wellness session.  If you’re interested in this presentation, be prepared to get moving!
We want you and your family members to have all the information you need to make informed choices.  Register today with the City of Kamloops to take part in Symposium 2015. Call 250-828-3500 and quote Program #241182. The cost is $15 for the full day of workshops and also includes coffee and tea, snacks and a wonderful nutritious lunch. To request financial help with public transportation costs, call Oncore Seniors Society at 250-828-0600.
Looking forward to seeing you all at the Second Annual Kamloops Seniors’ Symposium!