Karen Lund says being an elder isn’t an issue around aging. It’s deciding how we are going to live a meaningful, exciting and fulfilling life.

Lund will be the keynote speaker at the 36th annual Conference on Extraordinary Living, starting at 8 a.m. Sept. 7 at Umpqua Community College.

Lund said being a senior lets you expand your involvement to make a difference, and that is her message to the seniors that come to the conference.

“My speech is on making a difference,” Lund said. “I don’t talk about retirement, because we as humans don’t retire. We transition into another way of living, so this is about all the ways we can make a difference.”

Lund comes from a diverse background, from being raised in Minot, North Dakota, to being employed by the American Red Cross as a recreation director in a military hospital in Guam during the Vietnam War.

She’s been a global business consultant for productivity and profitability for businesses all over the world for the last 40 years. She is a professional inspirational speaker and draws on all those life experiences during her speaking engagements.

More than two dozen workshops are offered at the conference, with topics ranging from finance, health and nutrition, recreation and travel, art, gardening and even writing.

Lund said the workshops offered at the seminar are great for seniors that want to stay active and connected with others.

“It’s difficult as we go through those decades of life, to all of a sudden be disconnected from other humans, so my point is there are many ways to be connected with other human beings, and all those topics that are being offered are ways to stay connected in life, to be involved in your life,” Lund said.

Lund has written a book called “Being an Elder,” and everyone at the conference will get a copy of it.

Senior-oriented organizations will have exhibitor information tables, and Rite Aide will offer flu shots at a small fee or with an insurance card.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the fee is $40 with lunch provided. Orientation begins at 8:45 a.m. The first sessions of the conference will start at 10:15 a.m. in different locations around the campus.

For information on the conference, call 541-440-4668 or email susan.neeman@umpqua.edu. You can also go online at www.regonline.com/extraordinary2018.

Reporter Dan Bain can be reached at 541-957-4221 or e-mail at dbain@nrtoday.com.

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Dan Bain is the health reporter for The News-Review. He previously worked at KPIC and 541 Radio.

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