Edgewood Communities to Host Celebration Event

 Dick Nelson, a resident of Edgewood Communities will be one of many participants who will be showcasing hobbies and interests at the Celebrating the Best of Times Conference on May 3rd. He is a volunteer for the non-profit organization, Bunkers in Baghdad. Dick has collected and sent over 5000 golf clubs and 71,000 golf balls to troops currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Joining him are Patty Eckwahl, marketing director for Lutheran and Sharon Hamilton, VP Lutheran Senior Housing.

Edgewood Communities on the Lutheran Campus is sponsoring a fun, educational and motivational event. Celebrating the Best of Times, Life After 60!  will be held in the Scharmann Theatre and the Weeks Room at Jamestown Community College on Thursday, May 3rd from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30.

“Bring your spouse, parents, or come with a friend,” said Patty Eckwahl, event coordinator and marketing director for Lutheran. “This event is unique. It is not about blood pressures or finances. It’s about the joy that comes as we age and the importance of embracing our retirement years to be our recreation years.”

The 60’s and 70’s are some of the best years of life. It’s a time when children are grown and grandchildren are wonderful. Most adults are settled into careers or entering retirement. The key to enjoying these years is to have a plan.

Leading the program will be two highly entertaining keynote presentations. “You’ve Gotta be Kidding” by Catherine Ansuini, PhD., Director of the Community Health Promotion initiative and Masters Degree Program at Buffalo State College  and “Building Net Mirth” by Nels Ross Cremean, CEO of InJest, Inc. “Both presenters bring an energetic, humorous delivery that will create a laugh out loud experience,” Eckwahl added. “Our goal is to add some zest, and celebrate turning the page on this new chapter in life.”

Following the keynote presentation, experts in the field of planning for retirement will lead a discussion about their personal stories and offer advice on the Five Most Common Mistakes to Avoid in Retirement. Audience participation is encouraged. “This is our unique way of educating the community on the resources available for active senior living,” Eckwahl said. “We’ll also be showcasing many of the activities available in our region with interactive displays presented by retirees who live here.”

Registration begins at 8:30, with the program starting at 9:00. The event is free. Seating is limited. Please make a reservation by calling Ms. Eckwahl at 720-9122 or going on line to www.lutheran-jamestown.org. This event is not sponsored by JCC and the presence of the event on campus does not reflect the college’s endorsement of the event.