i know expo Community Partner Sanders Brown presents a symposium on Aging & Dementia also celebrates Senior Stars

The University of Kentucky’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging is having the Fourth Annual Markesbery Symposium on Aging and Dementia.

This two-day program, which takes place Nov. 21 and 22, will offer sessions for both the scientific and community audience and will feature clinicians and researchers from the University of Kentucky and other institutions who’ll share current findings, trends and the latest updates on dementia and aging disorders, particularly as related to Alzheimer’s disease.

Events are free and open to the public, but you must register to attend.

While some of the conference will focus on the difficulties of aging, it’s also going to shine a light on some of its joys.

At the Saturday luncheon, eight seniors, aged 80 and older, will be recognized for their active lifestyles and named William Markesbery Senior Stars.

Those being recognized include:

  • Author, playwright and director Elexene M. Cox, 93, of Nicholasville;
  • Kentucky State University choral director Carl Smith,82 of Frankfort;
  • Mary Jo Holland, 81, of Lexington, dancer and co-founder of The Energizers dance group;
  • Race car driver and businessman Willard Kinzer, 86 and his wife, Lucy, 85, of Prestonsburg;
  • Registered nurse and UK Hospital volunteer Bettye Arvin, 84, of Lexington
  • Sanders-Brown receptionist Jessie Weaver, 86, of Lexington and
  • Author and Pilgrim Baptist Church musician Kathryn Stephens, 80, of Lexington.


Also being recognized are three David Wekstein Centenarians:

  • Elizabeth Davies, 103, of Barbourville;
  • Robert Lam, 101 and
  • Chester Wilson, 100, both of Lexington.

Their award is being presented in honor of Wekstein who passed away in June 2014. He was the former associate director of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging


The 11 seniors will be honored as “role models for graceful aging.”

The luncheon is $25.

A complete schedule of events for the program can be found at

www.uky.edu/coa/center-aging-foundation/senior-star-awards; or by calling the Center on Aging Foundation Office. (859) 323-5374, or Sanders-Brown Center on Aging. (859) 323-6040.

***Photo Credit: Kentucky.com

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