February 2013

The 20th Florence Cellar Conference on Aging explores the relationship between physical activity and mental acuity to achieve vitality in aging using the theme “Gray Matters: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Healthy Aging.”  This conference features the latest research findings as well as demonstrated successes for healthy aging through keynote addresses and lively panel discussions with prominent researchers and mythbusting active elders. Approximately 250 healthcare and social service providers, administrators, researchers, students and educators, informal caregivers, and older adult consumers regularly convene for this daylong, biannual conference.

Visit the web site at https://fpb.case.edu/centers/ucah/conference.shtm for details on the conference schedule. Highlights include:

Keynote speaker is Leonard W. Poon, PhD, University of Georgia Distinguished Research Professor. Dr. Poon is the principal investigator for The Georgia Centenarian Study, a remarkable 20-year research program on the oldest old—individuals who live to age 100 or beyond.

Morning speaker is Gay Hanna, PhD, MFA, Executive Director of the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA). Dr. Hanna is an arts administration leader with 30 years management experience in the arts, education, and health related program services.

Luncheon speaker is the Honorable Louis Stokes, U.S. Representative (Retired). As the first African American member of the U.S. Congress from Ohio, Mr. Stokes played a pivotal role in the quest for civil rights, equality, and social and economic justice throughout his 15 consecutive terms.

Early Bird Registration Fee: $150
After March 15: $175

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Catholics observe World Day of the Sick

Monday, February 11, 2013

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On Monday, Feb. 11, Catholics around the globe observe the 21st annual World Day of the Sick. Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA) reminds us that since 1992, the Catholic Church has celebrated World Day of the Sick on Feb. 11 — the day on which the church commemorates the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes — under the sponsorship of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care. World Day of the Sick has three consistent themes. First, it reminds the faithful to pray intensely and sincerely for those who are sick. Second, the celebration invites Christians to reflect on and respond to human suffering. And third, this day recognizes and honors all persons who work in health care and serve as caregivers.

In 2013, the liturgical memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, the 21st World Day of the Sick will be solemnly celebrated at the Marian Shrine of Altötting in Germany.

In a message for the 2013 World Day of the Sick, Pope Benedict XVI calls on everyone to be a good Samaritan and concretely help those in need. Thanking those who care for the sick and elderly, the pope underlines the church’s fundamental role in “lovingly and generously accepting every human being, especially those who are weak and sick.”

source: Catholic Health Association of the United States

Click here to visit the CHA web site  for CHA’s 2013 World Day of the Sick Prayer Card

Click here to visit the Vatican web site for the message of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI’s in commemoration of the 21st World Day of the Sick


“Sandwich generation” juggles care for aging parents and children

Friday, February 1, 2013

Pew Research Center(https://www.pewsocialtrends.org) released a study noting that “nearly half (47%) of adults in their 40s and 50s have a parent age 65 or older and are either raising a young child or financially supporting a grown child (age 18 or older). And about one-in-seven middle-aged adults (15%) is providing financial support to both [more…]

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