Hundreds mark aging at conference

By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Several hundred seniors spent Monday laughing and learning in Tupelo.
Methodist Senior Services hosted nearly 700 participants at the free Celebration of Aging Conference at the BancorpSouth Conference Center. The organization, which runs Traceway and 11 other senior living campuses across the state, treated seniors to sessions on finances, Medicare, gardening and hobbies as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations.
Bill Webb tried his hand at Wii Bowling while his wife, Tommye, checked out the cooking demonstration put on by Morrison’s.
“I don’t know why she’s in there, I’m the one doing the cooking,” because she’s recovering from a broken arm and shoulder replacement surgery, said Bill Webb, who lives at Traceway Manor in Tupelo.
“The chicken and dumplings smelled so good,” Tommye Webb said when she returned to her husband, ready for the lunch held at the Tupelo Auto Museum.
The Backyard Bass Ageless Angler presentation drew a steady crowd of men and women. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries staff fielded queries about the best fishing lakes and caring for backyard ponds as the seniors worked to snag a plastic fish with rod and reel.
“They’ve just peppered me with questions,” said fisheries biologist Tyler Stubbs.
Lee County sisters Martha Griffin, Josie McCaleb and Etoy Anderson took advantage of the conference to have a girls day out.
“It’s just a fun day,” Griffin said.
“It’s great that they took the time to do this,” Anderson added.
Monday’s celebration, which included entertainment from Lance Moore of the gospel group Paid in Full, nationally known comedienne Jeanne Robertson and Mississippi’s own Guy Hovis, was the last of three celebrations around the state. Conferences in Jackson and Hattiesburg hosted more than 700 seniors together, said Renee Reid, director of marketing for Methodist Senior Services.
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