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Monday, August 08, 2011

USI's Mid-America Institute on Aging will include presentation by Patch Adams

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USI's fourth annual Mid-America Institute on Aging, an inter-professional gerontology conference designed to provide practical tools and ground-breaking information related to successful aging and gerontology, will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. August 11-12 in Carter Hall in University Center West.

Presented by the College of Nursing and Health Professions and the Southwestern Indiana Regional Council on Aging, the conference is aimed at older adults, family members, caregivers, nurses, social workers, employees in long-term care settings, nursing home administrators, occupational therapists, physical therapists, dental professionals, and case managers. Participants will be provided with practical tools and groundbreaking information related to successful aging and gerontology.

Dr. William H. "Bill" Thomas, author and visionary, will present the keynote address, "LIVING into Elderhood," on day one. Thomas will provide insight into the direction our society has taken related to aging and how we can improve our lives when we bring elders back to the heart of our society. Author and comedian Kay Francis will present the plenary "The Funny Thing about Stress."

The keynote speaker on day two will be Dr. Josepha Campinha-Bacote, president and founder of Transcultural C.A.R.E. Associates, who will present "Listening to Many Voices - Serving a Diverse Aging Population." She will discuss the clinical application of her model's constructs of cultural desire, cultural awareness, cultural knowledge, cultural skill, and cultural encounters as it relates to the provision of care to the culturally and ethnically diverse aging population. Dr. Patch Adams, medical doctor and "clown," will present the closing plenary, "The Joy of Caring." The inspirational presentation will include dialogue exploring burnout prevention for caregivers with a focus on the magic and power of care, both for the receiver and the giver.

Additional conference topics will include aging and developmental disabilities, gardens and quality of life, legal issues, pet therapy, costs of care giving in retirement, long term care insurance, hearing loss, stress of care giving, palliative care and hospice, incontinence, music therapy, and planning for secure retirement.

Over 30 area organizations will participate in an exhibit hall where participants can network with sales representatives from healthcare technology, equipment companies, senior health services, home healthcare settings, long-term care settings, assisted living settings, rehabilitation services, and acute care hospitals.

Registration is $160 for both days or $85 for one day. Retirees and students may register for $60 for both days or $30 for one day. Cost includes materials, contact hours, and lunch.

To register, click here or call USI's Division of Outreach and Engagement at 812/464-1989 or 800/467-8600.

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