Sussex C.A.R.E.S. Conference Oct. 18 at CHEER Center

GEORGETOWN – An annual event geared specifically toward seniors, the disabled, caregivers and the challenges people face as they age is on deck in mid-October.

The Sussex C.A.R.E.S. (Creating Awareness of Resources for Every Senior in Sussex County) Conference – formerly the LIVE Conference hosted by the Sussex County Advisory Committee on Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities – will be held Wednesday, Oct. 18 at the Warren L. and Charles C. Allen, Jr. CHEER Community Center, 20520 Sand Hill Road, east of Georgetown.

Jamie McGee of the Alzheimer’s Association at last year’s conference.

The event runs from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The registration fee for this conference is only $10 which includes a buffet lunch.

“I think we’ve got a good conference planned this year,” Ruth Ann Beideman, chairperson for the Sussex County Advisory Committee on Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities.

“From Beach Babies to Beach boomers: The Journey to Independence After a Diagnosis” is the conference title.

Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about challenges faced by people as they age and the resources available to help them cope with those challenges.  There will also be an opportunity for the attendees to ask questions of the presenters and to visit at least 20 vendors.

Topics of the day include:

  • changes and new Sussex County services for seniors by Dava Newman, director, Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD) and Laura Howard, deputy director;
  • neurological problems as people age by Dr. Lawrence Kemp, Atlantic General Hospital;
  • cancer and the older population from Kaye Webb, Program Coordinator, Cancer Support Community and Debbie Campbell, RN, cancer screening nurse navigator, Tunnell Cancer Center, Beebe Healthcare.

There will be presentations of services and resources by CHEER, Easter Seals, Alzheimer’s Association and the Aging and Disability Resource center (ADRC) .

Those in attendance will be treated on a lighter note to a skit by Mr. Goodwood, aka Ken Huff encouraging people to have a different type of talk with elders.

For more information or to get a registration form, contact Ruth Ann Beideman at 422-5060 or Helen Smith at 629-5619.

Persons can also register online at

Registration would be appreciated by Friday, Oct. 13 to provide an accurate meal count.

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