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2009.04.07 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Department of Gerontology Preps for Colloquium, Careers in Aging Week in Omaha, Lincoln

Omaha - The Department of Gerontology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will host its annual colloquium in Lincoln on Thursday, April 16.

“Breaking the Barriers: Aging in Place” runs from 1 to 3 p.m. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Nebraska Union, located on the university’s City Campus in downtown Lincoln.

UNL faculty Katherine Ankerson and Betsy Gabb have identified major ailments associated with aging and propose mitigations to the physical environment to both prevent and correct those barriers.

In their presentation, Ankerson and Gabb will associate potential issues with positive mitigations to living environments, which enable one the choice to age in place, if desired.

Ankerson is associate dean in the College of Architecture, where she is also a professor of Interior Design. She is the originator of AgeAbility™, a consultancy to provide “Creative Solutions to Age-Related Obstacles.” Gabb is program chair and professor of Interior Design in the College of Architecture.

The Lincoln event coincides with National Careers in Aging Week (April 13-17), recognized annually on the UNO campus.

In Omaha, celebration of National Careers in Aging Week will focus on two days, Wednesday, April 15, and Thursday, April 16. Each day features a distinguished speaker along with a mini-festival of games and prizes focused on aging. UNO Gerontology faculty and advisors will be present to discuss how they can help students prepare for careers in gerontology.

Both presentations are in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building Collaborating Commons (Room 132) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, April 15, Stanley DeViney, a full professor at University of Maryland Eastern Shore, will present "Aging as a Research Enterprise.

On Thursday, April 16, Dr. Gary Deimling, professor of Sociology at Case Western Reserve University, will speak on “Cancer Survivorship of Older Adults.” Dr. Deimling’s research illustrates how careers in gerontology can inform practice and improve the quality of life and care for elders.

“Presentations on both the Omaha and Lincoln campuses will provide students, faculty, staff and the community the opportunity to learn more about these very important issues related to aging,” said Julie Masters, chair of UNO’s Department of Gerontology. “The programming will also demonstrate the interdisciplinary nature of gerontology for persons interested in a career in aging.”

For more information on the Lincoln event or Careers in Aging Week at UNO, contact Julie Masters at (402) 472-0754 or jmasters@unomaha.edu; for the Lincoln events, contact Lyn Holley at (402) 554-4814 or lmholley@unomaha.edu; or Nancy Kelleygillespie at (402) 554-4886 or nkelleygillespi@unomaha.edu regarding the programming on the Omaha campus.

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UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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