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Hey boomers: This conference is for you

Talks on Chinese medicine, technology and aging, “farm to table” cooking, financial well-being and the power of music will highlight the second annual conference on healthy aging presented by Life by Design NW.

“New Approaches: The Healthy Aging Conference for Boomers,” which celebrates Older Americans Month, is Saturday, May 18, at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland.

Conference registration is from 8 to 8:30 a.m., followed by a keynote address by Roger Anunsen from 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. Anunsen, co-founder of MindRAMP Consulting, will speak on “Creating a Brain-healthy Mindset.”

The following five sessions will be presented simultaneously from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. and again from 11 a.m. to noon. Attendees can sign up to attend one session during each time period:

* Traditional Chinese Medicine and Your Health: A Modern View of an Ancient Medicine — Dr. Greg Livingston, PhD, will share his knowledge of Chinese medicine, in lay terms, by mapping its ancient beginnings to modern uses.

* Technology and Aging: New Approaches to Aging in Place — With Tracy Zitzelberger, administrative director and research associate, Oregon Center for Aging and Technology at Oregon Health & Science University.

* Cooking from Farm to Table — With Trudy Toliver, executive director, Portland Farmers Market; local farmer and chef Vicki Hertel, Sun Gold Farms; and Kathryn La Susa Yeomans, The Farmers Feast. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample a dish made with fresh, local produce.

* The Decision Tree of Aging: A Guide to Financial Well-Being — Dr. Randall L. Kinnison, Genesis Mediation, presents a comprehensive tool to aid families plan through the aging process.

* Every Life Has a Soundtrack: The Restorative Power of Music — James Miller of Golden Harvest Music uses innovative techniques to create live music programs that engage brain functions.

Life by Design NW, based at Portland Community College, is a nonprofit resource for ages 50 and older who are navigating work/life transitions and planning for retirement.

If you go

What: “New Approaches: The Healthy Aging Conference for Boomers”

When: Saturday, May 18, 8 a.m. to noon.

Where: Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, 75 N.W. Couch St., Portland.

Cost: $20.

Registration: required. Sign up online at https://ocom.ejoinme.org/NewApproaches