Aging: A Family Affair

The Office on Aging has hosted an annual fall workshop, Aging: A Family Affair, since 1984. Save the date! Aging: A family Affair will be held on Thursday, November 10, 2022, at Rothchild Conference Center, 8807 Kingston Pike in Knoxville, TN. More information will be available on this page as we approach the date.


The Aging: A Family Affair 2021 Virtual Conference was held online on Thursday, November 4.

If you attended the conference and need a Certificate of Completion for CEUs, please request yours by calling 865-524-2786.

Watch all of the presentations (except the FBI presentation) HERE.



Workshop Sessions:

“Managing the Stress of Caregiving” with Lori Bishop, Volunteer Executive Director, The Caregiver Superhero Society.

Watch this presentation HERE.

Caregiving can be tough for the entire family. In this presentation, learn practical tips on how to manage the stress of caregiving.

Lori Bishop is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ by trade but became part of the caregiver community in 2015 when her father dropped into a deep depression. He was later diagnosed with frontal temporal dementia. ICdzk3SwtzRpKqasu4K6FNsBLLsvOPwUQqcpa5Dhe.jpgn 2019, her mother was also diagnosed with dementia. She and her husband, Mike, care for them both. Lori Bishop continues her work in the financial planning arena but has devoted herself to supporting and educating family caregivers. Nearly one third of the clients she serves are caregivers. In 2018, Lori became a trainer for the “Dealing with Dementia” workshop, a program developed by the Rosalyn Carter Institute for Caregiving. She hosts a Caregiver Café for family caregivers twice a month in Maryville. In 2020, Lori launched a non-profit, The Caregiver Superhero Society where she serves as Volunteer Executive Director. That organization funds education and support of family caregivers.

“Protecting Yourself from Cyber Crimes” with Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Due to security concerns, the FBI presentation was not recorded. 

“Power of Attorney: Why is it so Important?” with Amelia Crotwell, Certified Elder Law Attorney, Elder Law of East Tennessee

Watch this presentation HERE.

Choosing the right Power of Attorney is vitally important to your aging journey. Learn what characteristics should be considered when choosing a POA, and how to identify and choose a POA.

AmeIbKiuTHMitgpOD6EAtS5xN8hmFDIB8FvMhS2M6PE.jpglia Crotwell, founder of Elder Law of East Tennessee (ELET), serves as the managing partner of the firm, guiding strategic planning and growth to help reach more families in East Tennessee. Amelia has helped families with long-term care and special needs challenges for almost 20 years. She practices primarily Life Care Planning and special needs trusts, but she also pitches in to collaborate with ELET attorneys, lending her experience on questions of elder law, wills and trusts, Medicare, Medicaid planning, trust administration, probate, and veterans benefits planning. She has been Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation since 2011 and is the president-elect of the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association and a co-chair of their strategic planning committee.

“Tools to Manage your Mental Health” with Jennifer Perion PhD, CHES, Assistant Professor, The University of Tennessee College of Public Health

Watch this presentation HERE.

Taking care of your mental health is a very important piece of your overall health. Learn how to identify when your loved one is struggling with their mental health. Also learn practical tips on how to help others and on managing your own mental health.


Jennifer Perion, PhD, CHES earned a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies and then a PhD in Health Education from the University of Toledo. As a doctoral student she earned a Master Online Instructor Certificate and became a Certified Higher Education Course Reviewer for Quality Matters. Prior to joining the University of Tennessee as an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Online MPH program, she taught public health and aging courses to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Toledo and Indiana State University. She has a Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Gerontological Practice and her research interests are focused on aging, especially the needs of family and professional caregivers and the social experiences of older adults with dementia. She has studied the importance of friendship among older adults with dementia and was awarded a Pilot Research Project grant to study the experiences of adolescents who provide caregiving support for family members with dementia. Currently, she is investigating a multi-sensory technology designed to deliver engagement opportunities for older adults with moderate or severe dementia.

“Medicare and Social Security Update” with Heather Majka, Owner, Citizens Insurance Solutions

Watch this presentation HERE.

Medicare and Social Security can be a difficult maze to navigate. Learn the latest updates for Medicare and Social Security for 2022.

HeathoPcKgci2kdodDPHRv9lZZMBVsz4udfDAMOB3yhDC.jpger Majka, the owner of Citizens Insurance Solution is a local Medicare subject matter expert and is the state’s only Certified Social Security Claiming strategist. Citizens Insurance Solutions (CIS) has a team of folks all over the US with HQ right here in East TN. We are a women and veteran owned small business.

Watch our 2020 AFA Virtual Presentations

Below are recordings of the virtual presentations held throughout the month of November 2020.

Medicare Update with Blake McCoy, Medicare Insurance Advisors (recorded November 6, 2020)

Deciding about your Medicare options and curious about Social Security? Blake McCoy will cover all the changes that you need to be aware of when making the best decision for yourself.

Preparing for the Future During a Pandemic with Glen Kyle, Franklin & Kyle Elder Law (recorded November 16, 2020)

Planning for the future can be difficult and confusing. Adding a global pandemic can make it more challenging. Glen Kyle, Certified Elder Law Attorney, explains the different ways a senior can best protect themselves and their family while making plans for the future.

The Spectrum of Normal Aging & Alzheimer’s Disease with Dr. Monica Crane, Genesis Neuroscience Clinic (recorded November 20, 2020)

Dr. Crane will explain the cognitive changes in aging, define dementia, and share updates related to the disease.


Give us a call at (865) 524-2786, Mon-Fri, 8 am – 4:45 pm.