Forum will look at aging process

By JACOB PERRYMAN

jperryman@timesobserver.com

The long march of time eventually wears upon us all.

While aging is inevitable, it’s one of the few things encountered in life that no previous experience can prepare us for. It is a lifelong process with effects not felt until encountered in due time.

That doesn’t mean it’s a complete mystery.

While everyone feels the weight of years differently, it is possible to know in general what to expect.

With this in mind, the Warren/Forest Counties Elder Care Council and Warren/Forest Counties LINK to Aging and Disability Resources is presenting the latest in their series of community educational forums on March 13.

The program, “Understanding and Embracing the Aging Process… aka… Holy Toledo Batman, I’m Getting Old!”, is the latest in the series they began last November, “Estate Planning: Realistic Options, Medical and Financial, as You Age”, and focuses on what to expect as you get older.

“In light of increased demand for services and shrinking budgets, one of the best things we, as providers of services, can do is to provide people with knowledge and information to help themselves,” Executive director of Experience, Inc., Farley Wright said of the forum. “The Elder Care Council exists, in large part, to help provide education and information to the community, and has embraced the education forums as one of their primary knowledgeable providers that represents a wealth of information for residents of our community, and they are eager to share that knowledge.”

The upcoming forum, which is free and open to the public, will feature a presentation by Dr. Ronald Simonsen of Warren.

As a family practitioner specializing in geriatric medicine with more than 50 years of experience, Simonsen knows a thing or two about what to expect as you get older.

“Dr. Simonsen provides a depth of knowledge and insight not often available,” according to a release on the event. “Dr. Simonsen will provide a brief presentation of the process of aging, what to expect and how to respond.”

He will be available afterwards to answer questions.

The presentation is slated for March 13 at the Allegheny Community Center at 42 Clark Street from 3:30 until 5 p.m. and is free of charge.

Light refreshments will be provided.