2017 Healthy Aging Conference

November 7 — 8, 2017

TAKE CHARGE of your own health, your security, and perhaps even your longevity at the Healthy Aging Conference, presented by Grace Cottage Family Health & Hospital, held at the historic Grafton Inn in Grafton, Vermont.

Take time for yourself in a beautiful and relaxed environment — to listen and learn from more than a dozen highly-respected professionals on matters of physical, mental and financial health.

While everyone knows they should eat right, exercise, make amends, and mind their wallets — we don’t always do what is best for us. This conference is intended to give participants new reasons and techniques to go forward on a path of maximum health and happiness.

Conference Schedule

*Schedule is subject to change. All sessions are optional. Participants may sign up for a chair massage or Zero Balancing session in lieu of any one session at event day check-in.

Tuesday, November 7th

8:30        Continental breakfast

9:00        Welcome and Introductions – Healthy Breathing – Crystal Mansfield, Director of Rehabilitation, Wellness Initiatives, and the Community Health Team; Grace Cottage (GC)

9:15        KEYNOTE: Feeling Good Never Grows Old!  – Jesper Brickley, DO (GC)

10:00     Staying Active as We Age – The Benefits of Movement and Exercise – Ruth Fleming, Physical Therapist; Diane Bousquet, Occupational Therapist (GC)

11:00     The Power of Staying Connected in Community – Bill Monahan, RN, Community Health Team (GC)

12:00     LUNCH

1:00        Nutrition and Wellness – Liz Harrison, CCN, Community Health Team (GC)

2:00        Medication Interactions – Ken Van Cott, DPharm

3:00        Financial Refresher – Strategies, Planning, Successful Retirement!  – Mike Mandraccia, Richards Group

4:00        Day One ends

Dr. Brickley presents at the 2016 Conference.

Wednesday, November 8th

8:30        Continental breakfast

9:00        KEYNOTE: The Psychology of Aging Well and the Power of Positive Thinking – Michael Gigante, PhD

10:00     Hospice/End of Life Issues and Blessings — Joanna Rueter, MSW, Brattleboro Area Hospice

11:00     Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Creating Meaningful Connections— Pamela Bidler, VT Alzheimer’s Association

12:00     LUNCH

1:00        Downsizing Home, Burdens, and the Freedom it Brings/Aging in Place – Mark Boutwell, Senior Solutions Council on Aging for Southern Vermont

2:00        Creativity and the Aging Brain — Caroline Chase, MS, Community Health Team (GC); Lydia Thomson, River Gallery; Alicia Moyer, SASH

3:00        Spirituality as We Age – Jim Kowalski, St. John the Divine, NYC

4:00        Closing remarks, conference adjourns

 * Brief speaker bios can be viewed here.


The cost of this conference is $90 per person per day and includes continental breakfast, lunch, all sessions and classes.

For more information about the conference, or to register for one or both days, contact Andrea Seaton at 802-365-9109.

* Once registered, you will receive more information via email as the event draws nearer. 



The Grafton Inn welcomes Conference participants to stay for the discounted room rate of $119/night. A farmer’s breakfast is included in the fee. To book your stay, call 802-843-2248.


Event Co-Sponsors

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