Meeting will highlight global leadership in education, aging

February 13, 2017

The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) -- the educational branch of The Gerontological Society of America -- will hold its 43rd Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference, taking place from March 9 to 12 at the Miami Marriott Dadeland in Miami, Florida. 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. The theme for 2017 is "The Future is Here: Educating a New Generation of Professionals in Aging Worldwide." Learn more at http://www.aghe.org. Below are some program highlights.

Opening Plenary Session: "Thoughts on Educating a New Workforce of Professionals in Aging Worldwide"
Thursday, March 9, 5:30 p.m.
The Opening Plenary will feature a conversation with the Honorable Josefina Carbonell and Dr. Martha Pelaez. Carbonell served as the third assistant secretary for Aging at the Administration on Aging, appointed by President George Bush in 2001 and served in the position until 2009. She is currently the senior vice president of long-term Care & nutrition at Independent Living Systems and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Council on Aging. Pelaez is a founder and consultant for Network Development and Operations at Florida Health Networks, LLC, and leads the Health Foundation of South Florida, Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative. She was previously the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization regional advisor on aging and health.

Networking Luncheon: "Pecha Kucha -- Build. Network. Discover. It's your Journey."
Friday, March 10, 12:30 p.m.
Separate registration is required. Consider participating in this new and exciting AGHE networking luncheon. Attendees will learn about AGHE committees through a set of slide performances. What is Pecha Kucha? Pecha Kucha is an exciting way to provide information at conferences. It is an image-based slide presentation style that is concise and fast-paced. It allows for speakers to share images on a variety of topics. In this case, about AGHE committees and the various charges of the committees.

"A Spotlight on Gerontology Programs Around the Globe"
Saturday, March 11, 4:30 p.m.
This special session will provide attendees an opportunity to learn about challenges and opportunities for gerontological education in China, Russia, Turkey and Mexico. Du Peng will introduce the development of gerontology education in China and will offer information about the gerontology program at Renming University of China, which is the only program in China that offers a PhD in gerontology. William E. Hills, Eduard V. Karyukhin, and Karen T. Hills will examine the Third Age University programs of the Russian cities of Pskov and Vologda, making comparisons to the Lifelong Learning Institute movement in the United States. Following a brief history of Turkey's first gerontology program at Akdeniz University, Özgür Arun and Jason K. Holdsworth will describe some opportunities and challenges they have encountered in gerontological education at both the local and national level. Elva Dolores Arias Merino, Martha Elena Vázquez Arias, and Neyda Ma Mendoza Ruvalcaba will provide insight to the needs of students and graduates, related to the AGHE competencies, who enter the Masters in Gerontology program at the University of Guadalajara.

Closing Plenary Session: "Pitching to the Global Longevity Economy -- Planning for the Global Business of Aging"
Sunday, March 12, 10 a.m.
The featured speakers will be Brittany C.S. Weinberg, Aging 2.0; Dana B. Bradley, Western Kentucky University; and Janice I. Wassel, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The rapid aging of the world's population brings unprecedented and important changes in the global economic environment creating unique opportunities and challenges for businesses worldwide. Gerontological educators are uniquely positioned to take advantage of these challenges and opportunities because they can create multiple opportunities to introduce business issues related to corporate and public policy in their gerontological curriculum and career options for their students.
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The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) is the educational branch of The Gerontological Society of America, the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. AGHE seeks to advance gerontology as a field of study at institutions of higher education through conferences, publications, technical assistance, research studies, and consultation with policy makers. It is currently the only institutional member organization dedicated to gerontology and geriatrics education worldwide.

The Gerontological Society of America

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