Teaching About Financial Crisis Among Gerontology Meeting’s Highlights

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The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), the educational branch of The Gerontological Society of America, will hold its 35th Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference February 26–March 1, 2009, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel-Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX. 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. Media representatives are invited to attend free of charge.

Opening Plenary: Thursday, February 26, 7 p.m.
Cornell University’s David Dunning, PhD, will address how professors can foster learning so their students will have the tools to work effectively in the field of aging. He will demonstrate how training can be maintained over time, rather than evaporate, once students leave the classroom.

Closing Plenary: Sunday, March 1, 10:30 a.m.
William H. Thomas, PhD, of the Erickson School at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County will talk about innovation and its role in education and training. He is the founder of the Eden Alternative, a global non-profit committed to improving the care received by people who live in long-term care communities everywhere.

Presidential Symposium: Friday, February 27, 3:45 p.m.
“Gerontologists Who Dye Their Hair: Our Own Portrayal, or is it Betrayal, of Images?”
This session will address three key concepts of awareness: societal images of aging and influences that affect the aging of America; individual aging and the temptation to betray ourselves; and self-awareness of aging and its associated challenges. AGHE President Marilyn Gugliucci, PhD, will be joined for this presentation by Barbara Conforti, MSN, APRN, BC, CRNP, and Margaret Cruikshank, PhD.

GSA Presidential Session: Saturday, February 28, 2 p.m.
“Financial Crisis 2009: Implications for Educational Gerontology”
Harry “Rick” Moody, PhD, of AARP’s Office of Academic Affairs and a panel of experts will explore how students should be taught about the impact of the current financial crisis on the field of gerontology.

Distinguished Teacher Lecture: Friday, February 27, 8:30 a.m.
“How To Increase Student Engagement in Traditional and Interactive Television Courses on Adult Development and Aging”
Laura Donorfio, PhD, of the University of Connecticut will be on hand to offer strategies on how to increase student engagement in traditional interactive television courses on adult development and aging.

Distinguished Teacher: Lecture Saturday, February 28, 10:30 a.m.
“Learning by Doing: Using Service Learning To Teach About Aging — A Very Cool Tool!”
Karen Kopera-Frye, PhD, of the University of Nevada-Reno is slated to present the latest refinements in service learning between students and older adults.

Complete meeting details are available at http://www.aghe.org.

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