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2013.07.24 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: unonews@unomaha.edu

contact: Cathy Wyatt - Conference Planning Committee
phone: 402.661.9611 - email: cwyatt@artofaginginc.com

UNO to Host Conference on Aging This October

Omaha - The Fountain of Youth is a legendary spring that supposedly restores the youth of anyone who drinks or bathes in its waters. Today, the legend lives on through the “Fountain of Gerontechnology.”

“Gerontechology is technology in the form of products, services and interventions that enhances the quality and way of life of aging individuals by ensuring good health, full social participation and independent living,” said Melanie Kiper, community service associate in the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) Center for Public Affairs Research.

Recent advances in gerontechnology are the focus of "Aging with Passion & Purpose: Aging Well in the Age of Technology," a biennial conference being held on Sunday, Oct. 20 and Monday, Oct. 21 at UNO, home to Nebraska’s most comprehensive program dedicated to aging.

“The current cohorts of elders, those 65 and older, have been part of the greatest revolution in technology,” said Julie Masters, conference chair and chair of the UNO Department of Gerontology. “They lived during the information evolution from radio to television to microwave ovens to iPhones.”

The conference will open on Oct. 20 with a presentation by R. Benjamin Knapp, Ph.D. Knapp is the Director of the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology at Virginia Tech.

Other speakers will include:
- Reverend Chris Alexander of the Countryside Community Church in Omaha
- Leta Powell Drake, a long-time Nebraska media figure, currently with the Nebraska Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame
- Nick Stergiou, Ph.D., from the UNO Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility
- Deepak Khazanchi, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at UNO’s College of Information Science and Technology
- Jeremy Lipschultz, Ph.D., the UNO School of Communication.

“Baby boomers are among the fastest growing group using social network sites,” said Lipschultz. “It’s important to understand social media as a growing business that targets older people. I’ll be exploring how this is done in order to expand audience members’ media literacy skills.”

“We will be using Twitter before and during the conference so that people can share their conference experiences,” said Ilze Zigurs, former chair of UNO's Department of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis. “We will use YouTube to share video clips prior to the conference to highlight key events, and during and after the conference to share experiences.”

In addition to these keynotes, the conference will offer theme-related breakout sessions, an opportunity to talk one-on-one with experts in the older adult industry, a live broadcast of the web-based program “Darkwood Brew” and a tour of the brand new Biomechanics Research Building on the UNO campus.

“Our primary audience will be aging professionals, nursing home and hospital administrators, healthcare providers, service providers, researchers, designers, builders, caregivers, educators and students; however, all are welcome,” said Kiper.

For your chance to better understand the positive impact of technology on the aging (and have a lot of fun in the process), register now by visiting www.unomaha.edu/app2013.

Early registration for the conference is $75 for both days, $25 for Sunday only, and $50 for Monday only. Interested parties can take advantage of early registration until October 1, after which registration is $100 for a single day or both days, or $120 for a single day or both days with the inclusion of earning Continuing Education Unit credits.

As Nebraska’s most comprehensive program dedicated to aging, UNO’s Department of Gerontology serves both the UNO and University of Nebraska-Lincoln through options that include a certificate, bachelor’s and master’s degree in gerontology, as well as a doctoral specialization in gerontology in conjunction with the UNL College of Education and Human Sciences and joint graduate programs with the UNL College of Law.

For questions about Aging with Passion & Purpose: Aging Well in the Age of Technology, contact Cathy Wyatt at 402.661.9611, or by email at cwyatt@artofaginginc.com.

For questions about the UNO Department of Gerontology, contact Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at 402.554.2129 or by email at unonews@unomaha.edu.

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