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Actress to Address VCLLI Aging Conference

Tonea Stewart
October 17, 2019

Aging Conference Set for UCMBC

The Virginia Caples Lifelong Learning Institute, under the direction of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, presents the 18th Successful Aging Initiative (SAI) Conference in Madison County on Thursday, October 17, from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 315 Winchester Road in Huntsville, Ala.

The SAI is a free one-day event that is open to the public and addresses issues impacting Alabama’s older adults, family members, caregivers, and senior service providers.

The 2019 theme—“The Art of Aging”—will explore how art improves the health and well-being of older adults.  Actress Tommie “Tonea” Stewart, an artist herself, will deliver the keynote address. Dr. Stewart is also a tenured professor and the dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Alabama State University.  Dr. Stewart is also known for her roles as an actress in the long-running series "In the Heat of the Night" and "Mississippi Burning."

A drug take back drive will be held again this year to collect expired and unused prescription and over-the-counter medication. Interested participants should remove all personal information from all prescription containers and place pharmaceuticals in a plastic bag. The Public Safety Department at Alabama A&M University and local partners will be on-site to collect the medication prior to the program on October 17.

Lunch will be provided to conference participants in addition to free health screenings, door prizes, and other giveaways. Visit to register online by Monday, October 14. Mail-in registration forms must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 11. No telephone registration will be accepted due to high attendance.

Sponsors and partners for 2019 include: Alabama A&M University: College of Agricultural Life and Natural Sciences, College of Engineering, Technology & Physical Sciences, Department of Public Safety, and Student Health and Wellness Center; American Senior Assistance Programs, Inc.; COSTCO Pharmacy; District 6 Commissioner JesHenry Malone; J. F. Drake State Community and Technical College; First Missionary Baptist Church; Huntsville Fire Department; Partnership for a Drug Free Community; The Links, Incorporated, Greater Huntsville Chapter; Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments; Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church; Union Hill Primitive Baptist Church; WellStone Behavioral Health; WEUP/WHIY 1700 FM; and WJAB 90.9 FM.

For general event information, visit or contact Jackie Collier at (256) 372-4947 or Candra Johnson-DeBose at (256) 372-7022.