Episcopal Retirement Services’ Parish Health Ministry will host its annual inspirational and educational Refresh Your Soul Conference & Fundraiser on Monday, March 12, 2018. The conference will be held at the Cintas Center at Xavier University in Cincinnati from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The title sponsor for the event is TriHealth, and the presenting sponsor is the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Cincinnati Chapter.

Our keynote speaker is Gary Chapman, PhD, bestselling author, inspirational speaker, marriage counselor, and a highly respected pastor. He is internationally known for his bestselling book, The Five Love Languages, which has sold over 10 million copies. Dr. Chapman will share the “five love languages” he has developed to both show and receive love. During his keynote address, he will explain the benefits of using them in our relationships to support healing and healthy aging.

Dr. Gary Chapman

Chapman will also speak in the afternoon about “Forgiveness and Healthy Aging,” to wrap up our daylong conference devoted to the topic of positive aging. Chapman will describe how to deal effectively with our failures to support healthy relationships and positive aging through the five languages of apology. He will share how to discover our own apology language and that of others. We will learn what forgiveness does and does not do.

The Refresh Your Soul 2018 conference will also feature three additional wellbeing experts who will delve into a variety of positive aging topics. They will explore why getting older doesn’t necessarily mean mounting medical conditions or poor quality of life.

Kay Van Norman

Kay Van Norman, well-known speaker, wellness consultant and expert on aging, is the founder and President of Brilliant Aging, a consulting firm designed to help people age with purpose and vitality. With a humorous, thought-provoking presentation “Running with Scissors,” Van Norman will provide important insights on aging with purpose. She will share ideas and strategies to change the way we think about aging and what we must do to age with vitality and purpose. She will inspire attendees to age well regardless of life challenges and explain how to help others of all ages to stay well and live life fully.

Dr. Wendy Rogers

Wendy Rogers, PhD, is one of America’s leading educators and researchers on technology for successful aging. Rogers will show us how contrary to myths, older adults are willing and able to adopt technology into their lives if it supports their needs and is designed for their abilities. Social and cognitive engagements enhance the quality of life and improve health outcomes. Learn how apps, mobile devices, social networking, in-home assistive technologies, robotics, telepresence, and virtual reality can enable autonomy and independence in older adults. Her presentation, “Technology for Healthy Aging,“ is one of the hundreds she has given all over the world. Rogers is currently a professor at the University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign.

Liz Tassone

Well known for her expertise in gerontology, spiritual direction and family caregiving, Liz Tassone has hosted a Family Caregiver Hour on local radio for eight years and now serves as a spiritual director with the Christ Church Cathedral Center for Spirituality. In her luncheon presentation, “Aging with Spirit,” Tassone will explore neuroplasticity and will offer insights on the new brain science which supports ideas that wisdom teachers have shared for thousands of years. As we age, we can continue to grow, change and become a more loving presence in the world.

We will open the day with registration, exhibitors and a continental breakfast all beginning at 8 a.m. The conference will start promptly at 9 a.m. In addition, a limited number of seats are available through online registration for VIP luncheons with Chapman, Van Norman and Tassone for an additional cost of $30. The conference registration costs are $59 without contact/clock hours and $85 with contact/clock hours for the early bird discount. On February 13 the registration costs will increase so please register now to receive the discount.

For more information or to register, visit www.parishhealthministry.com/rys. If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Schroer at 513.979.2246.

Since 1951, Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS) has dedicated itself to improving the lives of older adults from all faiths through innovative, quality living environments and in-home and community-based services delivered by experienced and compassionate professionals.

ERS owns or manages 29 senior living communities: three premier communities, Deupree House and Marjorie P. Lee, both in Hyde Park, Episcopal Church Home in Louisville, Ky.; and 26 affordable living communities for limited income seniors that are either in operation or development.

ERS also operates in-home and community-based services including, Living Well Senior Solutions, which provides guidance and support to elders and their families on issues related to aging; delivers 110,000 Meals On Wheels annually; and provides counsel and support to 68 churches as they renew their role in healthcare through advocacy, education and wellness programs through Parish Health Ministry.

To help meet the long-term goal of ERS’ Parish Health Ministry becoming self-supporting, this event is the primary fundraiser for the ministry. All of the proceeds from this conference will benefit Parish Health Ministry.

Kristin Davenport serves as Director of Communications for Episcopal Retirement Services. Connect with her at kdavenport@erslife.org.