Older adults can learn about Extraordinary Living


By Sue Cody

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Adults age 50 and older have a unique opportunity to hear a presentation on Oregon trains, enjoy a free lunch and choose from a variety of topics to enhance their lives at the sixth annual Conference on Extraordinary Living 8:30 a.m-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 at Columbia Hall, Clatsop Community College (CCC), 1651 Lexington Ave., Astoria.

“It is a phenomenal event I look forward to planning each year,” says Leah Olson, event organizer for CCC.

Keynote speaker Darrell Jabin, Oregon’s traveling historian, shares his research on Oregon railroads and the people who built them.

Three breakout sessions offer educational and interactive activities. Topics include natural health care, tai chi, painting, how to sniff out a scam, questions about Medicare, exploring the internet, ENCORE sampler and much more.

Join Jenn Visser as she presents “Mindset Coaching: How to Feel 10 Years Younger,” or artist Ronni Harris in “Paint Party.”

With four options in each of three breakout sessions, there is opportunity to indulge in more than one topic.

  • Other highlights include:
  • Free flu shots (pending release)
  • Free blood pressure checks

Two free shuttles from Seaside (departing from Suzanne Elise and the Bob Chisholm Community Center at 8 a.m. Two wheelchair spaces are available. To reserve a wheelchair space, call Heather at Suzanne Elise at 503-738-0307)

The schedule is:

  • 8:30-9 a.m.: Registration and morning goodies
  • 9-9:45 a.m.: Welcome, orientation and keynote speaker
  • 10 a.m.-11:45 a.m.: First breakout session (4 choices)
  • 11-11:45 a.m.: Second breakout session (4 choices)
  • 12-12:45 p.m.: Third breakout session (4 choices)
  • 12:45-1:30 p.m.: Lunch and closing

Participants in the two-hour Paint Party or tai chi are encouraged to arrive at 8:30 for registration.

Sponsors are Clatsop Community College, ENCORE, Columbia Memorial Hospital, Providence Seaside Hospital, Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District, NorthWest Senior and Disability Services, Avamere Suzanne Elise, Avamere at Seaside and Clatsop Care Health District.

“The Conference on Extraordinary Living is an opportunity for the college and local sponsoring organizations to demonstrate our commitment to continuing education and lifelong learning,” Olson says.

There is a $10 suggested donation.
For more information or to preregister, visit clatsopcc.edu/cel or call 503-338-2411.

The Way to Wellville and its sponsor, Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization support continuing education and healthy activities.