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NDNU Sponsors "Careers in Aging Week," April 13-19

Belmont, CA, April 7, 2008 — The “85 and above” set are the fastest growing age group in the nation, influencing a demand for professionals with knowledge and expertise in gerontology. To further career opportunities in aging, NDNU will celebrate the seventh annual “Careers in Aging Week,” April 13-19.

The middle of the 21st century one in five Americans will be more than 65 years old, and there will be 15 to 18 million persons over the age of 85, according to event co-sponsors, the Gerontological Society of America and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. The week-long program’s theme “Why Study Aging?” will examine quality education in aging; educate the public on gerontology; present a visionary and prospective view of the profession’s future; and enlighten the public about the immediate needs of society for qualified specialists in aging.

Several local individuals who work with the elderly will participate in forums on the NDNU campus to discuss aging in regards to economics, education, and society.  Speakers include Dr. Darlene Yee, Ph.D., from San Francisco State University’s Gerontology Department, Lisa Lahowe with the Alameda County Agency on Aging, and Ellen Cuozzo from Pathways, Inc. Program highlights include April 14 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. as four guest panelists will discuss politics and aging, and how the economy will be affected by an aging society.

“There are a lot of challenges and rewards that come with working with the elderly,” said Nusha Askari, Ph. D., NDNU’s Chair of the Clinical Psychology and Gerontology Department.  “Helping to maintain the quality of their lives is so important. It will be interesting to see whether, as our population becomes older, society’s perception of age will change. There will come a day when eighty-five is the new sixty-five.”

For more information regarding NDNU’s “Careers in Aging Week,” contact Dr. Nusha Askari at (650) 508-3728.