Special to The Hays Daily News

PHILLIPSBURG -- Imagine, if you can, reducing pain from a chronic condition, making relatively simple changes that will allow you to stay in your home, or discovering that a neighbor's cast-off may be worth enough to buy that new dishwasher after all.

Plan now to do all that -- and more -- when attending the spring 2011 edition of "Full Circle ... an Aging Expo," which this year is scheduled April 29 at the Huck Boyd Community Center in Phillipsburg.

The one-day, regional conference will be the seventh in an informative series coordinated by the Northwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging and Kansas State University Research and Extension's Northwest Kansas area office, said Libby Curry, Extension family and consumer sciences specialist for the area.

The conference will begin at 9:15 a.m. with registration and a resource fair. It is geared toward older adults, their families and caregivers, and will feature Dr. Joseph P. Galichia, Wichita, as keynote speaker.

"Dr. Galichia will offer tips on prevention, surveillance, diet and exercise in his presentation 'Strategies for Living Longer and Better,' " Curry said.

Attendees also are invited to choose three of 10 breakout sessions offered during the conference. Topics include:

* "Put Pain in Your Rearview Mirror," presented by Courtney McCarty, registered dietitian, representing Citizens Medical Center, Colby, and a trainer for Kansas Optimizing Health Program.

* "Defensive Driving for the Aging Driver," presented by Tod Hileman, Trooper, Kansas Highway Patrol, based in Hays.

* "This Used to be My Favorite Meal," presented by Taunya Williams, registered dietitian, Williams Nutrition Consulting, Agra.

* "Home Modifications for Aging in Place," presented by Carol Ann Crouch, K-State Research and Extension family and consumer sciences and 4-H youth development agent in Scott County.

* "Discussing the Options When Faced with a Life-Threatening Illness," presented by Sue Noll, supervisor, Hospice, Hays Medical Center.

* "Antiques and Collectibles: Trash or Treasure?" presented by Marvin Mann, AA Antique Appraisal & Consulting, Plainville.

* "Estate Planning and Farm Succession Planning," presented by Stacey Seibel, Seibel Law Office LLC, Hays.

* "Caring for the Caregiver," presented by Vernon Norwood, coordinator for Family Caregiver Support and Legal Assistance Development Program, Kansas Department of Aging.

* "Learn to Laugh with Laughter Yoga," presented by Jan Moore, activities director, Sheridan County Long Term Care Center, Hoxie.

* "Sharing Your Story" presented by Kathy Lupfer-Nielsen, K-State Research and Extension family and consumer sciences agent in Lincoln County.

The one-day conference will adjourn at 3:30 p.m. The cost to attend, which includes conference materials, a noon meal and facilities, is $25 per person or $40 for two family members. Deadline for registration is April 15.

For registration or more information, contact the Northwest Kansas K-State Research and Extension office at (785) 462-6281 during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Information also is posted on the Northwest Kansas Area Extension website, www.northwest.ksu.edu.

Early registrations are recommended, as the popular conference is expected to fill quickly.