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Conference Addresses Challenges of Aging Population

The third annual 2013 Northeastern Pennsylvania Conference on Aging provided a forum to educate practitioners, providers, researchers, economists and the community through numerous and diverse presentations that promote healthy aging through an integrated approach of caring for elders. The conference, presented by The University of Scranton and The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC), was held April 11.

Presentations by academic and industry professionals provided an opportunity to learn about best practices, new research findings and how the nation’s changing economy will affect healthy aging in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The forum integrates academic findings with practical applications and, more importantly, facilitates creative collaboration between practitioners, health care institutions and universities. It also provides a platform from which information is disseminated to those concerned with healthy aging.

Linda P. Fried, M.D., DeLamar Professor of Public Health and dean of Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, New York, N.Y., was the keynote speaker. Other conference lectures covered topics such as medication, nutrition and vision as components of healthy aging; the changing role of the caregiver; better communication among physicians, nurses and health care professionals who care for the elderly; and a presentation about aging in NEPA – a view from the Capitol.

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