OSU to host gerontology conference April 8-9


CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will host its 34th-annual gerontology conference April 8-9 in which more than 40 leading geriatric experts will present educational workshops for health and human service professionals and the public.

The conference will include sessions on rheumatoid arthritis, insomnia, pain management, art therapy, alternative medicine, nutrition and exercise tips, vitamin D deficiency, brain health, Parkinson's disease, depression, grief and HIV/AIDS in women over 50.

Author and comedian Leigh Anne Jasheway-Bryant of Eugene will be the keynote speaker on April 8, addressing the use of humor to manage stress. She'll also discuss research on the physiological and emotional benefits of laughter and will explain how men and women respond to stress and humor differently.

Candacy Taylor, photographer and author of “Counter Culture,” will be the keynote speaker the second day. Her book explores a subculture of career waitresses aged 50 and older who have been working in diners for up to 60 years. A Publishers Weekly review of “Counter Culture” says, “... this unique perspective is much like the professional diner waitress – difficult to pigeonhole, impossible to ignore.”

Registration costs $190 for both days and $100 for one day for those who sign up on or before April 5. Students may attend for $50 for the two days. It’s $50 per day for OSU employees and members of the OSU Retirement Association. To register, go to http://osugero.org/ or call 541-737-9300. Attendees can also register at the door for an additional fee.

The conference will take place at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center.