OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Science Pub focuses on elder caregiving

06/03/2013

CORVALLIS, Ore. – With the growing number of Americans over the age of 65 already at an all-time high, caring for elderly parents or partners is becoming a common experience. At the June 10 Corvallis Science Pub, two speakers will discuss their research on caregiving.

The Oregon State University researchers will focus on reducing stress, protecting the mental and physical health of caregivers and on the relationship between the givers and recipients of care.

The Science Pub presentation begins at 6 p.m. at the Old World Deli, located at 341 S.W. Second St. in Corvallis. It is free and open to the public.

The speakers are Karen Hooker and Carolyn Mendez-Luck of the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences. Hooker is the Jo Anne Leonard Endowed Director of the Center for Healthy Aging Research. Her research focuses on perception of the self in understanding mental and physical health. She has examined caregiving for people with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

Mendez-Luck is an assistant professor of human development and family sciences as well as health management and policy. She has studied family caregiving and aging-related health disparities in Latino families.

Sponsors of Science Pub include Terra magazine at OSU, the Downtown Corvallis Association and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

 

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