EMU Elder Week focuses on issues related to aging population

by Ward Mullens, Published October 08, 2009

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YPSILANTI —Eastern Michigan University will host the first-ever Elder Week conference, a three-day collection of seminars and resources related to aging, Oct. 12-14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the EMU Student Center.

The event is free and open to the public. For information, go to www.emich.edu/elderquest/resources.html

“Our goal is to expand people’s awareness of how lives change as they transition into the third major phase of life,” said Ian Andrews, director of EMU’s Elderquest Program and a professor at EMU. “The focus of these seminars is to inform the public about the current issues that are transpiring with our aging population and to make people aware of the resources available in their community.”

Seminars will cover topics such as learning later in life, effects of volunteerism, leisure activities, and images of the elderly in literature, film and comics.

Community organizations such as SOS, Elderwise, the EMU Gerontology Program, and Extended Programs and Educational Outreach will provide resource information.

ElderQuest is a non-profit program at EMU designed to provide a welcoming environment for persons 50 years and older and to provide these individuals an opportunity to fully participate in campus programs and activities.

The ElderQuest program has two primary components. One is to offer one-half tuition and a reduction of fees for anyone over the age of 65. This includes graduate and undergraduate coursework, taken for degree and non-degree purposes, at any of the EMU campuses. The second component of the program offers unique civic engagement opportunities in various campus-based programs and departments.

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