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Art and Science of Aging Conference

Date and Time

Friday, February 8, 2013
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM


  • Loosemore Auditorium


The Age of Empowerment

2013 Art & Science of Aging conference:

  • Featured Speaker, Thomas H. Perls, M.D., MPH. Director of the New England Centenarian Study, Boston University

Morning Breakout Sessions include: 


  • Exceptional Longevity: Lessons Learned on the Way to 100, Thomas D. Perls, MD, MPA Moderator
  • Centenarian Panel - Jack Bates, 95; Lillian Hansen, 101; John Molhoek, 100; Virgil Westdale, 94;
  • Why are so many Advance Directives Useless? [Ethics] Paul J. Reitemeier, Ph.D.
  • The Challenging Complexities of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders, Karen Schmitz Bugg, RN, LMSW
  • Movement as Medicine:Walking for Life, Jolene Moore, M.Ed., Richard (Dick) Graves, DD
  •  Buddhist Empowerment and Life Transformation, Douglas Chung, Ph.D., MSW


Afternoon Workshops
  • House & Home: The Next Step (PANEL), Charles (Chuck) Jaquith, Ph.D. Moderator, Linda Likely, MPA Janet Amato, BS Douglas Hale, BA
  • LAFF JEST FOR THE HEALTH OF IT!!!, Sister Sue Tracy, OP, MA, Chaplain
  • Fraud Targets: Senior Citizen SCAMS, Bryan D. Reeder, JD
  • Vintage Status: Powered and Empowering [CC], Elaine Ragsdale Schott, Ph.D., MSW
  • Food Matters: Healthy Choices for Body and Brain, Priscilla J. Kimboko, Ph.D.
  • Empowered for the Dementia Caregiver Journey, Suzann Ogland Hand, Ph.D; Cathy Brady, LMSW, Chris Simons, BS, CTRS Joy Spahn, MPA
  • Well-being and Resilience of the Older LGBT Person: Issues for Family, Community and Health Providers, Grace Hoyer, Ed.D. Candidate, MSN
  • Exploring Community Options to Age in Place, Suzanne Filby-Clark, BA, Care Management Services Director, Laura Dobrzelewski, LMSW Julie Alicki, LMSW Martha Anderson, LMSW
  • Joys of Sex and Sexuality in Later Life, Lihua Hang, Ph.D., MSW Linda Kirpes, MSW, Certified Gerontologist, Alisha Cowell, MSW Student
  • Making Your Voice Heard, Tom Appel, MA, MPA
Senior Odyssey = Serious Play: Exercise the Brain, Challenge your Limits, Gain Mastery, And Build Friendship, Julie Lake, MPA, CTRS

Registered participants enjoy a BUFFET LUNCHEON.

The conference is underwritten in part by support from the GVSU Provost’s Office and a grant from MSU’s GERIATRIC EDUCATION CENTER OF MICHIGAN


For further details and registration, visit
call (616) 331-6641 or email



Priscilla Kimboko



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