The ninth annual Educational Forum on Older Adult Issues will be geared toward older adults and caregivers.

The ninth annual Educational Forum on Older Adult Issues will be geared toward older adults and caregivers.

The Oct. 9 event, hosted by Syntero/Northwest Counseling Services, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Meadow Park Church of God, 2425 Bethel Road, Columbus. It will feature 42 sponsors, including the Franklin County Office on Aging as its Golden Sponsor; the office on aging will operate booths at the forum to share information about products and services for senior citizens and their caregivers.

Last January, Northwest Counseling Services and Dublin Counseling Services merged to provide enhanced services to people throughout northwest Franklin County and beyond.

Though the consolidation yielded a new name -- Syntero -- representatives of the merged organization have sought to make the transition relatively seamless, and that effort has included providing specialized events such as Northwest Counseling's older adult forum.

"We're in our ninth year of doing our educational forum," said Mary Ann Lewandowski, Syntero/Northwest Counseling Services event coordinator. "It's always been a way to bring a lot of resources into one space."

The forum is free and open to anyone.

Social workers and counselors also can obtain 2.0 continuing education units by attending.

Registration for attending this year's forum is open and can be completed by calling 614-457-7876, ext. 416. Seating is limited.

"We do usually attract about 300 people to the event," Lewandowski said.

In addition to product and service information, the forum will feature a continental breakfast and two speakers.

Michele Stokes, director of Senior Health Services at OhioHealth and its John J. Gerlach Center for Senior Health, will present "Senior Sleep -- Changes as We Age."

James P. Fulop, a doctor at Riverside Methodist Hospitals specializing in neurology and sleep disorders medicine, will discuss "Senior Sleep -- Disorders and Treatment."

"It's a really good networking opportunity for people, just to be abreast of what's out there," Lewandowski said. "A lot of people don't get into these types of things until they're in crisis.

"We want to show them what's out there."