HAYS – An estimated 34 million Americans are caregivers for an older family member, and of that number, 15 percent live one or more hours away from their loved one, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving.

In addition to recommendations for taking care of aging family members at a distance, speakers at an upcoming one-day conference will cover a variety of topics, such as healthcare, estate planning, protecting elderly individuals from crime and bridging technology gaps.

The conference will take place  April 25 at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Hays. K-State Research and Extension will sponsor the event, titled "Full Circle…an Aging Expo." The conference is open to older adults, their families and caregivers.

Keynote speakers will include Jeff Burnett, assistant professor at Fort Hays State University, who will give a talk on being realistic about your health at any age, and Angel Shaver, the 2013 Ms. Wheelchair Kansas, who will speak on maintaining a positive and thankful attitude.

Bradford Wiles, assistant professor in the School of Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University, will be a breakout session speaker at the upcoming "Full Circle…an Aging Expo," where he will discuss using technology, information and resources to care for aging family members at a distance.

The expo is a one-day event that will take place Friday, April 25 at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Hays.

In many instances, Wiles said, caregiving is being arranged for parents who are geographically dispersed from their children and might even live in other states. Nearly every person will have to care for an older family member, be affected by it or know someone going through it.

Registration is $25 per person or $40 for two family members, and the pre-registration deadline is April 17. Registration at the door is $35 per person and will take place until 9:15 a.m. the day of the event. The program will be from 9:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration fees cover lunch and the facilities.

Go to http://www.northwest.ksu.edu/p.aspx?tabid=98 for registration and program information or call the Northwest Area Extension Office at (785) 462-6281.