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Meeting to outline effective education about aging as America's senior population grows

The Gerontological Society of America

The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) -- the educational branch of The Gerontological Society of America -- will hold its 41st Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference from February 26 to March 1 at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown in Nashville, Tennessee. This conference provides a forum for professionals in the field of aging to present their work and share ideas about gerontological and geriatric education and training. The theme for 2015 is "The Changing Face of Aging Around the World." Learn more at http://www.aghe.org. Below are some program highlights.

Opening Plenary Session: "Long-Term Services in an Aging World: Implications for Policy Makers, Practitioners, and Educators"

Thursday, February 26, 6:30 p.m.

Frank Whittington, PhD, of George Mason University will moderate a panel of experts discussing the strategies and challenges associated with delivering and financing long-term services and supports (LTSS) to an ever-growing older population. Robert Applebaum, PhD, of the Ohio Long Term Care Project, will provide an overview of country LTSS approaches, followed by two nation examples representing diverse circumstances and responses. The session will conclude with a discussion from Suzanne Kunkel, PhD, of the Scripps Gerontology Center, addressing the implications of this global challenge for higher education.

Past Presidents' Symposium: "AGHE 2014 Gerontology Education Competencies: Process, Outcomes and Future Directions"

Saturday, February 28, 1:30 p.m.

This session will focus on the recently adopted AGHE Gerontology Education Competencies for undergraduate and master's level gerontology education. With the culmination of a three-year process, faculty members from AGHE's Competency Workgroup will present an overview of the consensus-building process employed to assure transparency and to garner national input to produce the competencies.

K-12 Committee Student Writing Contest Award Ceremony

Saturday, February 28, 3:30 p.m.

The AGHE K-12 Committee sponsors an annual writing contest for middle school students. Finalists from a Nashville-area school and their guests will be recognized at this special event.

"Designing Your Future in Gerontology"

Closing Plenary Session: Sunday, March 1, 11 a.m.

This special joint session between AGHE and the American Society on Aging (ASA) has been designed to meet the needs of students engaged in the study of gerontology or those considering a future in aging. The panel will include Lynn Friss Feinberg, MSW, of ASA, Margaret Neal, PhD, of Portland State University, and Kelly Fitzgerald, PhD, of the University of Kentucky, who will provide a vision of career options and directions for the future. AGHE Student Committee Chair Brian Downer, PhD, of the University of Texas Medical Branch will convene the session.

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The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) is the educational branch of The Gerontological Society of America, the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. AGHE seeks to advance gerontology as a field of study at institutions of higher education through conferences, publications, technical assistance, research studies, and consultation with policy makers. It is currently the only institutional member organization dedicated to gerontology and geriatrics education worldwide.

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