Special to The Hays Daily News

Older and wiser, yet never too late to learn. That's why a one-day conference on issues and opportunities associated with older adults and the aging process is recommended for them, their families and caregivers.

The 2012 edition of the regional "Full Circle ... An Aging Expo" is titled "The Best is Yet to Be." The event is from 9:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 27 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Parish Hall, U.S. Highway 24 in Hill City.

The topics planned focus on key issues in aging and offer strategies for managing challenges successfully and recognizing and taking advantage of opportunities to enhance life for older adults.

The featured speaker is television personality Larry Hatteberg, who has titled his presentation "Folks We Should Know."

Andy Crocker, extension program specialist in gerontology and health with Texas A&M University, will serve as the keynote speaker and offer insight into "Lifestyle Choices and Your Health." Crocker also will offer one of six breakout sessions titled "Give Care, Take Care," with tips for caregivers' need to take care of themselves. Additional breakout sessions include:

* "Making a Difference for Survivors and Family Members of Traumatic Brain Injury," presented by Debra Sellers, K-State Research and Extension specialist on adult development and aging.

* "New Road Laws -- When to Give Up the Keys," presented by Tod Hileman, a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper.

* "Visiting and Communicating with the Alzheimer's Patient," presented by Jenny Shipman, Alzheimer's Association, Wichita.

* "Tiny Garden, Big Rewards," presented by Holly Dickman, K-State Research and Extension horticulture agent, Hays.

* "Aging with a Flair," presented by Virginia Slimmer, retired higher education administrator, Plainville.

The cost to attend the conference is $25 per person, or $40 for two family members. Registration is due by April 20. Registration includes conference materials, refreshment breaks and lunch.

A limited number of registrations will be available at the door at a cost of $35, but lunch and conference materials cannot be guaranteed.

The Northwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging and Department of Health and Human Performance at Fort Hays State University join K-State Research and Extension in sponsoring the conference.

This year, a professional development track also is being offered to assist area residents and service providers in earning continuing education credits.

More information is available online at www.northwest.ksu.edu/fullcircle or by calling the Northwest Area K-State Research and Extension office at (785) 443-6281.