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Careers in Aging Week offers full slate of events

The graying of the U.S. population is resulting in a shortage of people who are trained to meet the needs of elderly adults. To close this gap, St. Catherine University is gearing up for Careers in Aging Week, a nationwide event that will take place from April 10-16, 2011.

By 2020, 61.5 million Americans will surpass the age of 65, and 6.5 million of those individuals will surpass age 85, according to the United States Census Bureau. A diverse array of industries will be affected by the shift, and trained individuals who can meet the needs of the elderly will be in high demand.

In an effort to bring greater awareness and visibility to the broad range of career opportunities in aging and aging research, St. Kate’s will shine a light on Careers in Aging through a broad range of events. The events will include everything from round table discussions to interactive presentations, and they will focus on subjects ranging from research and practice to poetry and visual art, using a liberal arts approach.

Schedule of Events
Monday, April 11:
• Noon-2 p.m. — Round table conversations with faculty on Careers in Aging
Atrium, Coeur de Catherine, St. Paul Campus

• 2-3:30 p.m. — “A Reader’s Theater about People who care for People in Nursing Homes”
Center for Women, 2nd Floor Coeur de Catherine, St. Paul Campus

Tuesday, April 12:
• 11 a.m.-1 p.m. — Round table discussions with faculty on Careers in Aging
Old Main Dining Room, Minneapolis Campus

• 7 p.m. — “Young at Heart” motion picture
The Pulse, Coeur de Catherine, St. Paul Campus

Wednesday, April 13:
• 11 a.m.-1 p.m. — Career Development Office walk-in hours
4th floor of Coeur de Catherine, Suite 460, St. Paul Campus

• 7 p.m. — “Intergenerational Dance and Storytelling”
Frey Theatre, St. Paul Campus

Thursday, April 14:
• 4:30-6 p.m. — “The Inside Experience of Aging Through Poem and Story”
Derham Hall, Room 409

Friday, April 15:
• Noon-6 p.m. — Visual Art Exhibit and Research and Practice in Aging Poster Session
Atrium, Coeur de Catherine, St. Paul Campus

• 2-3 p.m. — “Enjoyable Cuttings about Aging from Drama and Musicals”
Center for Women, 2nd Floor Coeur de Catherine, St. Paul Campus

• 1-3 p.m. — Career Development Office walk-in hours
4th floor of Coeur de Catherine, Suite 460, St. Paul Campus

More Information
The events for Careers in Aging Week at St. Catherine University are organized by the University's Aging Interest Group with financial support from the Graduate Student Advisory Board, the Student Center and Activities, the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health, the School of Liberal Arts, the Gerontology Society of American and the Association of Gerontology in Higher Education.

St. Catherine University was one of 10 educational institutions selected by the Gerontology Society of America and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education to receive a grant from the Careers in Aging Week Fund. With the help of Associate Professor of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Catherine N. Sullivan, Ph.D., OTR, and Associate Professor of Nursing Corjena Cheung, Ph.D., RN, the grant was awarded to St. Kate’s in March for use in Careers in Aging Week activities. Sullivan and Cheung have both conducted research on topics in gerontology, and Sullivan developed a documentary in collaboration with the Minnesota Gerontological Society and TPT-TV that aired in 2009.

Activities during Careers in Aging Week are open to the public. Parking information and directions to the University's campuses are available on the University website.

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March 24, 2011 by Melissa Kaelin

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