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|For Immediate Release
July 7, 2000
Fifth Annual Aging Symposium Examines
Symposium planners and participants represent gerontology programs from the state’s many colleges and universities (public and private), the N.C. Division of Aging, local and regional aging network leaders, and leaders of statewide advocacy groups. The annual event is unique in giving researchers, teachers, service providers and planners an opportunity to inform and challenge one another as to the best ways to improve the lives of older North Carolinians and their families.
National expert in social welfare issues, Paula Dressel, associate dean for Graduate Studies at Georgia State University, will present the Symposium keynote presentation showing that "the financial well-being of older African Americans and elders of Hispanic origin continue to lag behind that of their white counterparts." As older Americans continue to live longer and healthier lives, minority elders suffer the consequences of poorer health care and economic disadvantages that can lead to poverty in old age. Dressel and other featured speakers, such as Karen Roberto, a national expert on rural aging, and Janis King Robinson, an expert in cultural issues, will offer research findings and recommendations for action to remedy these problems.
Symposium workshops will look at topics of importance in aging today, focusing especially on those of statewide importance:
This year’s Symposium will also feature two performances, a one-act play on the challenges of Alzheimer’s Disease, written by James Peacock, Assistant Professor of gerontology at UNC-Charlotte and performed by the Autumn Players of Asheville Community Theater, and "A Mountain Riddle," a one-act play on the life of Jane Gentry performed by renowned actress Betty Smith and produced by the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theater.
"Since the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement is the host this year, we wanted to ensure the meeting drew upon the arts as another way to explore the issues," said Ron Manheimer, Center director and co-chair of the local arrangements committee. The Center will showcase many of its programs at a July 14 breakfast session, "Waking Up to Creativity and Aging."
For more information on the Symposium and registration material or to attend the two dramatic presentations, call the Center for Creative Retirement office at 828/251-6140.
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