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College of Business and Social Sciences hosting conference on Age and Aging Tuesday

Published Nov. 8, 2018

WHAT: "Conference on Age and Aging: Multi-Perspectives" 
WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 13, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
WHERE: ULM SUB, second floor
FREE: Registration is free, however attendees must register by emailing asharma@ulm.edu

Dr. Anita Sharma, LCSW
ULM Gerontology Program Coordinator

Education is the key to dispelling myths and removing negative stereotypes about aging.  Aging is a natural, normal and anticipated process that, unfortunately, carries the stigma of reduced abilities. Everyone wants to live a long life but no one wants to get old. Thanks to research and modern technology, people are living longer and healthier lives. Early interventions, lifestyle changes, positive attitudes, and an age-friendly environment may be able to reduce the negative stereotypes of old age.  

The College of Business and Social Science, Gerontology Program, at the University of Louisiana Monroe will be hosting the “Conference on Age and Aging: Multi-perspectives” from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13 on the second floor of the Student Union Building (SUB).
The goal is to educate people about healthy aging vs. unhealthy aging, focusing on the prevention of non-normal aging issues, and addressing the negative stereotypes of old age. The conference will focus on multiple dimensions and perspectives of the aging process. Workshops will include the following topics:  normal vs. not-normal aging process; diet, nutrition, and exercises for healthy aging; diagnosis of depression among the older adults; elder law; and Isolation and loneliness among the elderly.  

The conference is open to public and will provide certificates of attendance to professionals for five contact hours. CEUs have been applied for all the workshops.

There is no registration fee for the conference but registration is required by sending an e-mail to asharma@ulm.edu In addition to offering five workshops, the conference will also include booths and exhibits set up by organizations that provide services to older adults.  

Registration will be from 8:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. Door prizes for all participants and special gifts for students will be offered. The lunch session will require pre-registration.

“The College of Business and Social Sciences and our Gerontology program are proud to host this free, informative conference on aging.  We hope to create a community-wide conversation that leads to a greater understanding and appreciation of living healthier, fuller lives as we all go through the aging process,” remarked Dr. Ron Berry, Dean of the College of Business and Social Sciences.  

For more information and for pre-registration, please contact Sharma at asharma@ulm.edu