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Chattanooga Friends of Elder Justice’s 2016 Southeast Tennessee Aging Forum: It Takes a Village for baby boomers, their family members, geriatric professionals and caretakers will take place April 1 at Concord Baptist Church to discuss questions and showcase multifaceted resources to help locals “age well.”

A wide spectrum of topics—including self-care, navigating Medicare, estate planning, legal issues facing elders, and how to identify and prevent elder abuse—will be presented by various speakers, a news release said.

Amy Boulware, elder care planning manager for Chambliss Law Firm, is the forum’s keynote speaker. Her session, “Getting Engaged,” focuses on what it will take for Chattanooga to be an active aging community, she said.

“It’s not only about physical activity, but [it’s] about different components to make sure that Chattanooga is doing a lot to be a great place to retire,” Boulware said. “We need to be well-planned and really think about what it means to be an active aging community.”

According to the news release, 42.8 percent of Hamilton County residents, as of 2014, are 55 and older.

March 29 is the last day to register for the event, Boulware said.

The forum costs $35 for professionals and $15 for students and people age 50 and over, the news release said. Lunch is included in the cost.

Chambliss Law Firm, The Bridge at Ooltewah, Garden Plaza of Greenbriar Cove, and the Southeast Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities are sponsoring the event, the news release said.

Boulware said: 

The Chattanooga community has a group of professionals who have worked in the aging community for many years and have a passion for increasing awareness to the hottest topics in aging. We are thrilled to be offering this active aging conference to help people learn about aging successfully and to showcase the growing need for multifaceted resources to assist and inspire planning baby boomers, seniors, caregivers and professionals in the field of geriatrics.