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15th Annual Rural Geriatric Conference in Bar Harbor

During the first week in June, the two-day Rural Geriatric Conference was held in sunny Bar Harbor, Maine with enthusiastic response, judging from the evaluations submitted by more than 160 participants. The longest running annual geriatric conference in Maine, engaged 25 speakers and workshop leaders who addressed the theme "Aging in Maine: Cultural and Practice Implications."

The focus of the conference was based on the assumptions that in the near future we can expect to provide health care services for older individuals with a variety of different needs and expectations. Practice implications included the fact that people will be living longer, have more knowledge and will be better self-advocates.

The changes we face will include a more multicultural population, rapidly changing medical technology, and an uncertain regulatory and financial environment. This conference would not have been possible without the generous support of the Acadia Health Education Coalition (AHEC Center), the Maine Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, the Maine UNE Geriatric Education Center, the Maine Bureau of Elder and Adult Services, Sandy River Health Systems, and the University of Maine Center on Aging.

If you have not been able to attend this conference in the past and would like to and/or would like to be a contributor, put it on your calendar now for June 1 & 2, 2006, in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Submitted by: Paul Weston, Maine Rural Geriatric Conference, Planning Committee Chair. E-mail address:
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