Art of aging successfully conference

Date: June 15, 2023
Time: All Day
23500 West 7 Mile Rd.
Detroit, MI 48219
Category: Community/Service

The 23rd Annual Art of Aging Successfully Conference will be in person!

Thursday, June 15, 2023, 8 am - 1:30 pm


Light Breakfast • Sit Down Lunch • 2 Workshops • Raffles • Screenings • Vendors

Thursday, June 15 Agenda, 8 am - 1:30 pm
8:00 am Registration, Light Breakfast & Vendors
9:00 am Welcome
9:10 am Keynote : Age is Just a Number – Mildred Matlock
12:30 pm Lunch 1:00 pm Evaluation, Raffles

Greater Grace 23500 West 7 Mile Rd. Detroit, MI 48219
(Free parking and good drop off area)

For Large group registration, contact Donna MacDonald at 248-719-0640 or

9 workshops to choose from!

SESSION 1 (10:14) : Select one from the following when you register

Gentle Yoga (10:15 am) – No headstands or pretzel poses required. Just take a seat and enjoy this unique chair yoga class promoting good health with stretches and strength to improve balance. Gentle Hatha-based yoga focuses on honoring the way we feel and letting the free flow of breath be our foundation. (Karen Lutz)

You Could Live to 100 (10:15 am) – What’s Your Plan? Remember when it was rare to hear of someone living to 100? Last year, the US had 90,000 residents age 100 or more. Medical and scientific breakthroughs keep us alive longer than ever. See how we can get the most out of those bonus years. (Sandy Adams, CFP)

Don’t Get Taken to the Cleaners (10:15 am) – Scammers steal billions of dollars from older adults. Don’t become another victim. Review the scams older adults are most likely to fall for. Learn if you are particularly vulnerable and what you can do to protect yourself. You’ll also learn about free services if you’ve already been “taken to the cleaners.” (Peter Lichtenberg, PhD)

Good Food that’s Good for You (10:15 am) – Art of Aging’s signature chef, Paul Penney, returns with healthy–options for fabulous food. Learn the health benefits of spices and lesser-known grains that are proven to reduce inflammation and relax blood vessels. (Chef Paul Penney)

SESSION 2 (11:30) : Select one from the following when you register

Moving to the Groovin’ (11:30 am) – Join Detroit’s Seniors in Motion to pump that blood and move those muscles! Great music and a fantastic instructor get everybody smiling and kicking up their heels. It doesn’t feel like exercise, but your heart will thank you. (Raymond DeFoe)

Flying Solo into Retirement (11:30 am) – More than 26 million Americans, most of them older adults, are living alone. What does older adulthood look like when you’re by yourself? How do you handle retirement? Who advocates for you if you need help? Find out the top five challenges for older adults living alone and how to plan for them. (Sandy Adams, CFP)

The Perks of Having a Pet (11:30 am) – Pet ownership is a big responsibility but the benefits are enormous. Pets help us get out of bed in the morning for that walk. We get exercise, feel less lonely, decrease our stress, and even lower our blood pressure with a pet in the house. (Susan McEwan)

The Write Attitude for Gratitude (11:30 am) – Learn how keeping a journal can make you more appreciative of the blessings and positives in your life. This interactive art project will help shape and strengthen your capacity for gratitude. Space limited to the first 50 registered for this session. (Kelly Darke, ATR-BC, M.Ed., BFA)

Pathway to Positive Aging (11:30 am) – What does “Positive Aging” really mean? How can we age “successfully”? We all want our later years to be full of good health and contentment – but how? Hear the latest research on how to measure positive aging and simple techniques for how to achieve it. (Amanda Leggett, PhD)

June 2023