Conference Unites Academics, Industry Professionals to Address NEPA’s Aging Challenges

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The University of Scranton will again host the third annual University of Scranton/TCMC 2013 Northeastern Pennsylvania Conference on Aging, providing a forum that educates practitioners, providers, academics, economists, and the community with numerous and diverse presentations. The conference is scheduled for Thursday, April 11, at The University of Scranton and The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC).

The conference’s diverse group of academics and industry professionals promotes the view that healthy aging results from an integrated approach to caring for elders. The focus of the conference is to provide 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 provides participants with an opportunity to interface academic findings with practical applications and, more importantly, facilitates collaboration between practitioners, healthcare institutions and academic centers. It also provides a platform from which information is disseminated to all concerned with healthy aging.

Linda P. Fried, Ph.D., DeLamar Professor of Public Health and dean of Mailman School of Public Health, will serve as the conference’s keynote speaker. Dr. Fried is also the senior vice president of Columbia University Medical Center and professor of medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeon. There will be more than 12 lectures on a range of topic areas, providing continuing education credits for various fields including physicians, physicians assistants, nursing, social work, counseling, occupational therapy and physical therapy.

The conference will also feature an awards dinner at which time Ann and Leo Moskovitz and Brian Duke ’79 will be recognized. The Moskovitz Award has been created in honor of Ann and Leo Moskovitz to acknowledge not only their great contributions to the Northeastern Pennsylvania community, but for being models of successful living. In addition, the Award for Outstanding Contribution to the field of successful aging will be presented to Duke, secretary of aging for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in recognition of his tireless advocacy and support of elders.

The conference is a result of the vision of Brian Conniff, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at The University of Scranton, and Herbert Hauser, Ph.D., senior research scientist at The University of Scranton. The conference is also a collaboration between Johnson College, Keystone College, Lackawanna College, Marywood University, Penn State Worthington, The Commonwealth Medical College and The University of Scranton.

For more information, including registration information, visit the conference’s website,www.scranton.edu/academics/cas/aging-conference. Make sure to follow the conference on Facebook as well –www.facebook.com/NEPAConferenceOnAging2013.

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