We navigate toward it from day one, but aging and retirement still can sneak up on us. It's only natural: The practical life changes that come with growing older can be hard to conceptualize and accept in a procrastination-prone society whose "new 30" keeps creeping up.
But graceful and healthy aging is informed aging, and to help the adult community engage in those important discussions and prepare for the practical and emotional lifestyle adjustments ahead, The Gazette will host a free, one-day Successful Aging Expo on Saturday.
"Many of our readers are over 50 and read The Gazette in print and online. Just like the news we cover and content we provide, this event is a way to bring people together to share and learn about issues that affect the community and their lives," said Brad Howard, general manager and chief revenue officer at The Gazette. "The event will feature entertaining and informative speakers and vendors, all appealing to anyone 50-plus or those looking for guidance in helping their 50-plus parents live a better, higher quality of life."
More than 30 speakers from the medical, business and public service community will discuss topics such as estate planning, end of life care, senior housing, skin and joint health and how to use social media and technology to keep up with grandkids. Bob Kittridge returns for the expo's second year with a talk on the power of attitude and image, "Behavior: The Key to Success."
"People are making changes in their lives at every age that impact their health, emotional and mental states. I've seen it," said Kittridge, a transformational coach and speaker in the Springs.
In addition to the speakers and workshops, the expo will feature more than 70 exhibitors highlighting products and services for the 50-plus population, as well as a zumba class, hot hula class and bingo in the afternoon. Live entertainment will be provided by doo-wop band The Nostalgics, Frank Sinatra impersonator Rick Blessing and the Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society.
"We plan to have fun and take the opportunity to educate on a variety of topics, from fitness to finances," Howard said.
The Successful Aging Expo is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. Visit successfulagingcs.com.