June 25, 2004
New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Ruth Williams
Public Outreach Director
(505) 476-0393

New Mexico Aging Conference on August 17-19
To Address 'Conscious Aging,' Finding Meaning

(Santa Fe, NM)--More than 1,800 participants and presenters will gather in Glorieta, New Mexico on August 17-19 for the 26th Annual New Mexico Conference on Aging, the state's premier forum on aging issues, sponsored by the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department. More than 120 workshops will be presented at the conference on topics addressing the aging network, caregiver support and long-term care, conscious aging, health and wellness and Medicare/Medicaid/Social Security.

“This year’s conference will focus on finding meaning through aging. Central to this discussion is promoting the independence and dignity of elders and people with disabilities so that they achieve the highest quality of life,” said Department Secretary Michelle Lujan Grisham.

Highlights from the conference include the following:

· On Tuesday, August 17, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., Dr. Harry R. Moody will discuss “Conscious Aging.” Dr. Moody is director of the Institute for Human Values in Aging, affiliated with the International Longevity Center-USA in New York City. He will discuss ways to establish a sustainable aging society. Following his address will be a roundtable discussion on “What is Conscious Aging?”

· On Wednesday, August 18, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m., Secretary Grisham will join Dr. Dee Mahan, deputy director of health policy at Families USA, to discuss issues related to Medicare and prescription drugs. The session is designed as a “one-stop shop for everything you need to know about Medicare.”

· On Thursday, August 19, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Rudolfo Anaya, professor emeritus at the University of New Mexico and author of the classic novel “Bless Me, Ultima,” will give a lighthearted address on dignity and growing old.

The conference will feature a health fair, political forum, roundtable discussions and entertainment. On Tuesday, August 17, at 7:30 p.m., the “Outstanding Senior Community Service Awards” will be presented to senior citizens, individuals, businesses and volunteer organizations whose work benefits New Mexico’s aging population.

The conference registration is $20 for persons ages 60 and older and $55 for persons ages 59 and under. To receive a registration packet or further information, call 1-800-432-2080 (476-4703 in Santa Fe), visit www.nmaging.state.nm.us and click on Conference on Aging link or email gennie.alano@state.nm.us.