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As America's senior population grows, meeting to outline effective education about aging

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 42nd Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference from March 3 to 6 at the Westin Long Beach Hotel in Long Beach, California. 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 2016 is "Developing Educational Leadership in Gerontology Worldwide." Learn more at Below are some program highlights.

Opening Plenary Session: "Still Dreaming: The Power of the Life Course in Late Life"
Thursday, March 3, 2:30 p.m.
This session will feature clips from "Still Dreaming," a documentary filmed at the Lillian Booth Actor's home in New Jersey. A panel discussion will follow that includes the filmmaking team -- Hank Rogerson, Jilann Spitzmiller, and Tim Carpenter, the executive director of EngAGE. The panel will interact with the AGHE audience around themes of artistic endeavors, images of aging, and the continuity of one's life work.

Past Presidents' Symposium: "Gerontology and Geriatrics Education Around the World: Creating a Palette of Cultural Contexts"
Saturday, March 5, 2:30 p.m.
The participants in this discussion will include Leland Waters, PhD, of Virginia Commonwealth University; Edward Ansello, PhD, of Virginia Commonwealth University; Jason Holdsworth, DrPH, of Akdeniz University; Özgür Arun of Akdeniz University; Ryo Takahashi, PhD, of Sendai University; William Hills, PhD, of Coastal Carolina University; Santa Misra, PhD, of the SSS College for Women; and T. Saraswathi Devi, PhD, of Lebenshilfe.

Closing Plenary Session: "Celebrating the Legacy of Gerontology and Our Collective Future"
Sunday, March 6, 10 a.m.
Fernando Torres-Gil, PhD, the first U.S. assistant secretary on aging and a faculty member of
UCLA, will speak about the legacy of our gerontological perspective and our collective future. Torres-Gil is a respected scholar in gerontology and public policy and will share his vast experiences in the field including his work with students, policy-makers, academics, and the aging network. His voice is a critical piece of our gerontological story and his narrative is one that speaks to anyone who cares about aging and the importance of the future of gerontology and geriatric education.


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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