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St. Kate's joins national effort to spotlight aging industry

A poster session on practice, teaching and research is a featured event during Careers in Aging Week.
A poster session on practice, teaching and research is a featured event during Careers in Aging Week.
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The aging of America’s population is resulting in a shortage of people trained to meet the unique needs of older adults. To close this gap, St. Catherine University is gearing up for Careers in Aging Week (CIAW), April 6–13. The event is an annual joint venture between The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and its educational branch, the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE).

St. Catherine University is among only 18 Universities across the U.S. that have received the competitive AGHE grant to help fund events this year. The Graduate Student Advisory Board at St. Kate’s, the School of Social Work at St. Catherine and St. Thomas University and KairosAlive! are co-sponsors.

Americans 65 and older now constitute about 13 percent of the population, according to the federal government’s Administration on Aging, and that figure is expected to increase to 19 percent — 72 million — by 2030.

St. Kate's Careers in Aging Week activities aim to raise awareness about older populations and their needs, provide important information about the wide range of professions in the field of aging and aging research, and inform students and the public of the many academic programs available.

Careers in Aging Week events at St. Kate’s include:

  • Poster Session on practice, teaching and research work on aging by St. Kate’s students and faculty
    Tuesday, April 8, 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m. in the Coeur de Catherine Atrium.
    Includes interactive activities, free food and prizes.
  • Public Lecture on Engaging in Liberal Arts for Brain Health by Catherine Sullivan
    Wednesday, April 9, 5–6 p.m. in Mendel Hall 101
    Sullivan teaches neuroscience and several aging courses at St. Kate’s and has presented nationally and internationally on healthy aging issues.
  • Dance Party
    Sunday, April 13, 2-4 p.m. in the Coeur de Catherine Rauenhorst Ballroom
    The event is facilitated by KairosAlive! with live music, including an appearance of legendary jazz saxophonist Irv Williams. All ages are welcome.

All events are free and open to the public. Visit the Careers in Aging Week website later in the month for photos and highlights from nationwide events, including the ones at St. Catherine University.

April 1, 2014 by Catherine Sullivan

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