• Living with Diabetes: What You Should Know in 2014

• Importance of Early Recognition of Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke

• Essential Pearls on Diabetic Foot Care

• Personalizing Medications through Medical Compounding

• Kidney Stones in the Elderly

• Living Well with Early/Young Onset Alzheimer’s disease

• Questions and Answers Concerning Nutrition

• Finding Yourself in the Role of a Caregiver

• The Signs and Symptoms of Common Heart and Stress and Anxiety

• Virtual Dementia Tour by appointment only

Registration opens next week for Aiken's seventh annual Senior Extravaganza, which offers area seniors, families and caretakers a chance to learn more about services and support in the Aiken area.


WANT TO GO?

WHAT: Seventh annual Aiken Senior Extravaganza

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road

COST: Free

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call 803-642-7631.

The Extravaganza is free and open to the public, and will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, located at 1700 Whiskey Road. The annual event features 80 different businesses, from assisted and independent living facilities to home health care and pharmacies.


Sam Radford, recreation program coordinator with the City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, said since the event has become a tradition, many of its programs will stay the same.


“We still have the option for registered participants to attend two classes and a free luncheon with entertainment,” Radford said. “That being said, the speakers and topics are new. We take topics for classes based on suggestions from participants in the year before.”


The first 325 participants to register can attend both classes and a free luncheon provided by the Aiken Regional Medical Centers.


During the luncheon, licensed Zumba instructor Bonnie Maxwell will demonstrate how Zumba can help seniors stay active, even those with limited mobility.


“It will be a really fun and upbeat demonstration,” Radford said. “We will have Zumba dancers throughout the gym so participants can see the dancing up close.”


Educational seminars will include Kidney Stones in the Elderly, Living Well with Early and Young Onset Alzheimer's disease and Living with Diabetes: What You Should Know in 2014. Other seminars include the Importance of Early Recognition of Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke and Essential Pearls on Diabetic Foot Care.


SouthStar EMS will be on site to provide blood pressure screening and Family Pharmacy will provide flu shots. A virtual dementia tour through Right at Home will also be available by appointment to learn about sensitivity training when caring for individuals with dementia.


“The one change we are doing this year is packet pickup for those who registered,” Radford said. “If you register, you must pick up your packet the day before the event, which is Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you don't pick up your packet, it will be forfeited and go to a walk-in on the next day.”


Sponsors include Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Tri-County Home Health and Hospice, AllStar Tents and Events, Edward Jones Investments and Cumberland Village.


Registration is located at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, located at 1700 Whiskey Road.


For more information about registration, individuals can call 803-642-7631.


Maayan Schechter is the local government reporter with Aiken Standard. An Atlanta native, she has a mass communications-journalism degree with the University of North Carolina Asheville. Follow her on Twitter @MaayanSchechter.