Senior Congress remembers

The fifth annual Senior Congress, hosted by the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation, focused on memory, Executive Director Karen Malatesta recalls.

The event, titled “Thanks for the Memory: Understand It, Care for It and Improve It,” was at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Westlake Village last month and attended by 300 senior citizens in the region.

Presentations were given by Dr. Erik Lande, Dr. Barton Goldsmith, Dr. Douglas Markham, Dr. Jeffrey Gero and Colleen Carroll, Malatesta said.

Normal neurological changes occur in the brain over time, but the experts discussed how the effects of aging can be minimized. Speakers also presented information on the role of mental, physical and spiritual interaction in maintaining and improving memory, she said.

“The congress is a forum for seniors to discuss issues of importance to their age group and is also an opportunity for exhibitors to meet the population that they serve,” Malatesta said.

The Senior Congress was sponsored by several local organizations and businesses that serve the senior community, including the Agoura Hills Senior Retreat, medical supply businesses, hospices and other groups. In all, 25 exhibitors provided information to guests.

In addition to speakers and exhibitors, guests were treated to lunch, Malatesta said.

The Future Foundation presents a variety of seminars and events for various segments of the community each year. This year’s Senior Congress was chaired by foundation trustee June Glasmeier, a Ventura County California senior legislature representative. The event was co-chaired by Margaret Fieweger, also a trustee and associate vice president emeritus of undergraduate studies at Cal State Northridge.

Plans are already underway for next year’s Senior Congress. To get on mailing list or participate as an exhibitor, call 818) 880-1054.

—Stephanie Bertholdo

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