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Chatham County’s 3rd Annual Senior Education Conference

Post Date:11/07/2019 2:50 PM

PITTSBORO, NC — In what has become a popular, well anticipated event for Chatham County residents and those in surrounding counties, Chatham’s 3rd annual Senior Education Conference will be held on Thursday, November 14,, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center in Pittsboro.  

To register for the event, individuals can go online to or visit the Chatham County Council on Aging’s two centers located in Pittsboro and Siler City.  

The Council on Aging and the NC Cooperative Extension Service of Chatham County, which team to plan and coordinate the event, have put together another outstanding program. It includes a distinguished keynote speaker, 18 workshops, and a wide array of private and public exhibitors. 

“This may be our best conference yet and the first two have been outstanding,” remarked Dennis W. Streets, director of the Chatham County Council on Aging.

The keynote speaker is Dr. David Casarett, a Duke Professor of Medicine and Chief of Palliative Care at Duke Health. A respected researcher and author, Dr. Casarett will present a timely and somewhat controversial topic: The Truth about Medical Marijuana and Cannabidiol (CBD oil).

“People may have a hard time choosing among the 18 workshops, but they can’t go wrong with any of the topics or presenters,” added Streets. With three hour-long workshop tracks during the day, participants can enhance their knowledge and skills in many diverse areas.

Those interested in learning more about financial and estate planning have an opportunity to learn from experts in estate administration and documentation and steps to leave a legacy.

Participants eager to improve their health can choose from topics that include sleep deprivation, anti-cancer living, hearing loss, opioids, remaining safe and sound in the hospital, managing stress and the healing powers of the Neuromuscular Integrative Action (NIA) technique.

For the history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts, there are other options. Among the workshops are the NC Dialects Project, Chatham’s history told through photographs, native plants for wildlife-friendly landscapes, and bees and other pollinators. 

“For those who are still seeking other interests, you might want to learn about science projects you can do with grandchildren, hear about the latest consumer scams and experience the Cooperative Extension kitchen for sessions on food safety and cooking for one or two,” noted Melanie Girard of the Council on Aging.

“Participants will also have a chance to meet with a wide array of exhibitors, including representatives from the Chatham County Tax Office, Chatham Hospital, the Veterans Service Office and the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP),” added Girard.

Girard cautioned that “While it is not too late to register, tickets are going fast.” Price per ticket is $25.00. This includes the educational sessions, plus a hot lunch from The Old Place.

The low price for this event is made possible through the support of many sponsors. Major sponsors include Carolina Meadows, Galloway Ridge, Chatham Hospital, SHIIP, Hearing Health Care Services, Mountaire and Transitions LifeCare.

Proceeds from this event go to support the work of the Chatham County Council on Aging, a nonprofit organization celebrating its 45th year of service to Chatham seniors and their families.

Here’s an example of what we heard from last year’s participants: “My husband and I want to thank you for an amazing day—the entire Senior Education Conference was so well put together, great variety of topics, and a lovely lunch. It was difficult to choose only three workshops. We do know what a tremendous amount of work it was for all of you, and once more we say thank you!

To register, go to or visit the Chatham County Council on Aging’s two centers located in Pittsboro and Siler City. The Pittsboro Center is at 365 Highway 87 N and the Center in Siler City is at 112 Village Lake Road. Persons needing additional information may contact Melanie Girard at 919-542-4512, or