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The Academy of Life Long Learning is hosting a seminar called "Aging and Advocacy: Invisibly Present" at your LifeSpan Center Friday, Sept. 13 from 2– 3:30 p.m. This seminar is free and open to the public.

As we age, we often become invisible to others who have not shared the experience. As a result, we may receive poorer treatment, less appropriate services, and sometimes disdain.

Through this session, Dr. Howley will lead a discussion around key terms and concepts in aging studies as well as strategies for better serving and advocating for individuals as they age. Everyone needs allies, and this session aims to provide tools for people to become strong allies.

Dr. Howley is currently Director of the General Studies degree program at EIU, which serves adult and non-traditional learners. Previously, he served as Vice President and Dean of Instruction at Wright College in Chicago. He has taught several courses in social gerontology and the sociology of aging.

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Pre-registration is requested by Thursday, Sept. 12, please call 217-581-5114 to register. This seminar is free and open to the public.

Guests who need transportation may call Dial-A-Ride at 217-639-5196 or 1-800-500-5505 at least 2 days prior to the event.

The LifeSpan Center is located at 11021 E. County Road 800N, Charleston. The numbers for the programs are as follows: Coles County Telecare -- 217-639-5166; Family Care Giver Resource Center -- 217-639-5168. See you at the LifeSpan Center.

Come join us each weekday at noon for “Lunch at LifeSpan.” Peace Meals are served Monday through Friday at a suggested donation of $3.50. To register, reserve a lunch or learn more, contact Peace Meal at 217-348-1800.

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