CORVALLIS - Oregon State University will host its 20th annual gerontology conference April 16-17 at the LaSells Stewart Center in Corvallis.
The conference is intended for professionals in the field, including doctors, nurses, social workers, nursing home administrators, foster care providers, home economists and others who work with the elderly or have an interest in the scientific study of aging.
"When you look back 20 years, it's amazing how much we have learned about the aging process and how the field of gerontology has changed," said Jan Hare, OSU Extension family and adult development specialist.
Presentations at the conference will explore those changes, discuss the current situation in the field of gerontology and consider what the future may bring, Hare added.
The keynote speaker is Clara Pratt, holder of the OSU Barbara Emily Knudson Chair in Family Policy. The title of her address: "Recalling the Past, Envisioning the Future."
Among the 29 workshops to be presented are "The New View of the Aging Mind," "Looking Back: The Value of Reminiscence," and "The Politics and Economics of Aging."
Presenters at the workshop include faculty from OSU, Portland State University, the University of Oregon, Oregon Health Sciences University, Willamette University, and the University of Southern California, as well as professionals working in the field.
Continuing education credits are available for an additional fee.
Registration for the conference is $80 if received by March 31; $90 after that date. Registration forms and information about the conference are available from county offices of the OSU Extension Service or from Pat Mohr, conference coordinator, LaSells Stewart Center, Corvallis, OR 97331-3101 (telephone 541-737-2402).