Sixty-three seniors, mostly Filipinos, benefited from a seminar on “Successful Retirement and Aging” held on Feb. 22, 2014 at the Philippine American Community Center of Michigan (PACCM) in Southfield.
The seminar was sponsored by the Michigan chapter of NANAY (National Alliance to Nurture the Aged and the Young), Council of Asian Pacific Americans (CAPA) and Asian Center of Southeast Michigan.
The speakers discussed issues and concerns that have the most impact on seniors’ health and wellness.
The speakers and the topics they tackled were: Aarti Batavia, “Nutrition and Longevity;” Christian Orano, “Maintaining Health and Wellness;“ Clyde Furuta, “Managing Costs of Drugs and Supplies;” Janilla Lee, “Asian-American Senior Heath Screening;” and Ann Tai, “ Exercise, Falls Prevention, Mindfulness and Stress Reduction.”
The feedback from the participants showed that the topics were interesting and that they would attend similar seminars in the future.
In support of the presentations, exhibits were set up in the PACCM hall. The exhibitors were AARP, Area Agency on Aging 1-B, Resource Advocates, Evidence-Based Health Promotion Programs, Asian Center-SEMI, Turner Senior Resource Center in Ann Arbor, MedEx Direct Pharmacy, and Whole Foods Market of Troy.
NANAY-Michigan, one of the groups that sponsored the seminar, is committed to providing psychological, social, health and emotional support for youth and elders 60 years old or older.
Its goal is to preserve cultural heritage and assist, support and promote the welfare and well-being of youth and elders in the community. NANAY-Michigan is headed by Regional Director Becky Tungol.
CAPA, another sponsoring group, is committed to unite Asian Pacific Americans and the community at large through culture, education, and community service. CAPA is headed by President Robert D. Riparip. (A. Ann Tai)