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                        A Publication of the California Council on Gerontology & Geriatrics
                    Spring 2010                                                 

                                     President’s Column
                                Barbara White, DrPH, GNP-BC

It’s the Circle of Life              Though Susan Kornblatt (Con-         Abrams (UC
And it moves us all                  sultant, On Lok Senior Health)       San Fran-
Through despair and hope             left the post of secretary, we       cisco) as the
Through faith and love               are happy that she accepted the      UC Repre-
Till we find our place               appointment as CCGG Treasurer        sentative and
On the path unwinding                when we found that our elected       Patty Rob-
In the Circle                        treasurer, Debra Sheets (CSU         inson (Col-
The Circle of Life                   Northridge Gerontology Pro-          lege of the
                                     gram), had left us temporarily to    Canyons) as
These lyrics by Tim Rice for the
                                     share her expertise out of State.    the Commu-
play The Lion King can easily be
                                     We miss you Deb! We also wel-        nity College Representative. New
applied to organizations. Each
                                     come Mark Robinson (UC Davis         Members-at-Large include Shirley
biennium the leadership of CCGG
                                     Center for Healthy Aging) as the     Krohn (California Senior legis-
shifts to widen our reach with the
                                     new President-Elect and Chair of     lature), Kathy Sniffen (CalSWEC
addition of new members to our
                                     the Education Committee.             Aging Initiative), and Erin West-
leadership circle. We are grate-
                                                                          phal (SCAN Foundation). New
ful to have Nancy Hikoyeda’s         Board of Director members con-
                                                                          Presidential Appointees include
(Consultant in Health, Aging, and    tinuing their contributions to
                                                                          Joann Driggers (Mt San Antonio
Diversity) thoughtful presence       CCGG include Gloria Cavanaugh
                                                                          College) and Carl Hahn, Alzheim-
continuing with us as Past Presi-    (Gloria Cavanaugh Consulting),
                                                                          er’s Association). We also wel-
dent and Chair of the Nominat-       Lorie Eber (Coastline Community
                                                                          come Marie Bischoff (CSU Sac-
ing Committee. Debra Secord          College), Rosalie Gilford (Pro-
                                                                          ramento) as the northern region
(Gerontology, Health and Physi-      fessor Emerita, CSU Fullerton),
                                                                          Student Representative.
cal Education Department Chair,      Barbara Gillogly (American River
Coastline Community College)         College), Maria Henke (USC Davis     We also want to thank depart-
continues to bring her enthusi-      School of Gerontology) Sang          ing Board members who served
asm and creativity to the role       Lee (San Jose State), Cheryl         us well over the past biennium.
of Vice-President and Member-        Osborne (CSU Sacramento),            These valued Board members
ship and Marketing Committee         Brenda Premo (Center for Disabil-    include Patricia Housen, Linda
Chair. Though Janet Frank (UCLA      ity Issues and the Health Profes-    Jones, Brason Lee, Maria Mayen-
Multicampus Program in Geriat-       sions, Western University), Alison   Cho, Thomas McKay, Carl Reyn-
ric Medicine and Gerontology)        Ruff (Assembly Committee on          old, and Laura Trejo. We hope
has finished her roles as Past       Aging and Long Term Care), and       you will continue to work with
President and Development Com-       Monika White (USC School of          us in new capacities. We also are
mittee Chair, she continues her      Social Work and Davis School of      saddened to have lost two valu-
valuable support as a Presidential   Gerontology).                        able staff members Brian Man-
Appointee to the Board of Direc-                                          ning and Victoria Muravlenko.
                                     Our Circle widens further with the
tors. We welcome Helen Miltia-                                            We miss you.
                                     addition of new members to the
des (CSU Fresno, Gerontology
                                     Board of Directors including Joan
Program) as our new Secretary.                                                            Continued on page 2


                                          Policy Corner
The legislature adjourned for the    waivers and the expansion of           AB 392 (Feuer), Chapter 102,
interim recess at 6:30 am on Sep-    mandatory enrollment in man-           Statutes of 2009, appropriated
tember 12th, drawing a tumultu-      aged care.                             $1.6 million from the Federal
ous year to a close. 2009 began                                             Health Facilities Citation Penalties
                                     The budget crisis also has an
with another serious budget                                                 Account to CDA for local long-
                                     indirect affect on aging policy by
deficit, and in spite of repeated                                           term care ombudsman programs,
                                     hampering the ability of policy-
cuts, borrowing, and revenue                                                partially restoring some of the
                                     makers to create sweeping leg-
increases to bring the budget                                               funding lost due to the gover-
                                     islation, enact new programs, or
into balance, recent revenue esti-                                          nor’s veto of all state funding
                                     even make more modest changes
mates reveal that 2010 will begin                                           from the program in 2008.
                                     like AB 324 (Beall) which would
much of the same way.
                                     have required area agencies on         AB 762 (Lowenthal), Chapter 471,
During a normal legislative year,    aging and the California Depart-       Statutes of 2009, clarifies the
major policy changes occur           ment of Aging (CDA) to utilize the     definition of “bedridden” and
through regular legislation. How-    Elder Economic Security Index          the appropriate fire clearances
ever, due to the ongoing budget      when measuring poverty during          for individuals in residential care
crisis, the budget and related       their planning processes. AB 324       facilities. While AB 762 repre-
budget trailer bills have played     was vetoed by the governor on          sents a small change, the clarifi-
a much larger part in shaping        October 11th.                          cation will help residents remain
policy, particularly in health and                                          in their own homes and not be
                                     While 2009 was dominated by the
human services. These policy                                                forced to higher levels of care
                                     doom and gloom of the budget
changes have been direct and                                                only because they use a walker or
                                     crisis, there have been a few leg-
immediate in many cases, like                                               wheelchair to get around.
                                     islative bright spots, including the
the reduction or elimination of
                                     following:                             SB 18 (Oropeza), Chapter 25,
programs that older adults and
                                                                            Statutes of 2009, increases penal-
adults with disabilities rely upon   AB 329 (Feuer), Chapter 236, Stat-
                                                                            ties against those who repeatedly
(In-Home Supportive Services,        utes of 2009, The Reverse Mort-
                                                                            abuse elder or dependent adults.
Adult Day Health Care, and Link-     gage Elder Protection Act of 2009,
ages). These reductions further      provides increased protections         Barring another fiscal emergency,
erode the safety net that helps to   for older adults from fraud and        the legislature will not reconvene
keep thousands of Californians       predatory practices in the reverse     until January, when the process
out of institutions. More long-      mortgage industry.                     will start all over again, begin-
range transitions were also seen,                                           ning with the release of the Gov-
such as amendments to federal                                               ernor’s 2010-11 Budget proposal.

 President’s Column                  Through the sapphire sky               interdisciplinary focus, and advo-
                                     Keeps great and small on the           cates for policy development in
Continued from page 1                endless round                          the area of aging. Although there
                                                                            is “more to do than can ever be
                                     And so, we begin a new bien-
From the day we arrive on the                                               done,” we begin this new season
                                     nium as members of a unique
planet                                                                      with goals that include:
                                     organization that can serve as a
And blinking, step into the sun      model for the rest of the coun-        •	 Develop plans to increase
There’s more to see than can         try: an organization dedicated to         CCGG visibility, membership,
ever be seen                         “serve as the statewide expert            and participation in central and
More to do than can ever be          voice in gerontology and geriat-          northern California.
done                                 rics education, workforce devel-       •	 Maintain and enhance enroll-
There’s far too much to take in      opment, and policy”. Our tools            ment in the annual meeting.
here                                 are our members who represent          •	 Continue to develop strategies/
More to find than can ever be        multidisciplinary faculty and             funding for self-sufficiency in
found                                students, professionals with an                         Continued on page 3
But the sun rolling high


                    News From Campuses Across the State
                                       the CSU, Chico Academic Sen-                      search. Presenters offered first
California State University,           ate in May 2009. At this time, the                person insight into a variety of
Chico                                  Board of Directors and Director                   unique employment options and
Developing Interdisciplinary           of the Center are being recruited.                discussed ways to translate educa-
Center on Aging                        Additionally, funding sources are                 tion and an interest in older adults
                                       being evaluated and grants sub-                   into a successful career. They also
The California State University,       mitted. The substantial support of                shared practical tips and examples
Chico (CSU, Chico) 12 county ser-      stakeholders across disciplines at                about how to match them to the
vice region has a higher percent-      the University and throughout the                 products and services defined by
age (15.4%) of older adults than       community has been key to the                     current and emerging workforce
other regions in the United States     success of this endeavor to date                  trends and opportunities
(United States Census Bureau,          and will ensure future long-term
2000). This accelerated “graying”                                                        Faculty included Neal Cutler, PhD;
of the region presented possibili-                                                       Jolene Fassbinder, MSG, MACM;
ties for establishing an Interdisci-   For information on the CSU, Chico                 Debra Sheets, PhD, MSN, RN-BC
plinary Center on Aging to provide     ICOA, contact Seema Sehrawat-                     and Linda Wiener, aging and
coordinated efforts to meet needs      lohmor, PhD, Assistant Professor                  workforce consultant. Guest pro-
and model innovations and leader-      at (530) 898-3113 or ssehrawat@                   fessionals from the field of aging
ship. The School of Social Work at                                      included Josh Johnson, MSG,
CSU, Chico, with support from the                                                        LNHA; Kali Peterson, MSG and
College of Behavioral and Social                                                         Trina M. Sauceda, MSG, CAPS,
Sciences Strategic Performance         California State University,                      NAPG.
funds, evaluated a Center’s feasi-     Northridge                                        Attendees represented eight area
bility in the spring and winter of     Hosts Careers in Aging Boot Camp                  campuses: UCLA; USC; Cal State
2008.                                                                                    Bakersfield, Cal State Fullerton,
                                       The first Careers in Aging Boot
An assessment of 60 Centers on                                                           Cal State Long Beach, Cal State
                                       Camp was held at CSU Northridge
Aging in the U.S. was followed by                                                        Northridge, Chaffey College and
                                       on Saturday, May 2, 2009. The all-
three focus groups. The 54 total                                                         Coastline Community College.
                                       day workshop presented students
participants in the focus groups       with a broad overview of careers                  The Careers in Aging Boot Camp
included community members             in the field and introduced them                  exemplified the theme for Older
and service providers represent-       to a career management model                      Americans’ month, May 2009
ing 26 agencies from four regional     and toolkit for assessment, mar-                  “Reinvent Yourself, Reinvent
counties, and the University           ket research and successful job                   Aging.”
administration and faculty repre-
senting 15 University departments.
Feedback indicated a need for a
center with a dual emphasis on
community service and geronto-
logical education. Center activities
outlined by the groups led to a
Strategic Plan.
The recommendations from the
groups were incorporated in a
Concept Paper and in turn, a pro-
posal for designation of an ICOA
was submitted to the CSU, Chico
Academic Senate in spring 2009.
The designation of a CSU, Chico
Interdisciplinary Center on Aging
was approved unanimously by
                                       Roxaynn Robinson, Linda Wiener, Debra Sheets, Ph.D., Jill Burlingame, Judith Schamadan


           News From Campuses Across the State                                    (continued)

                                     The following is a calendar of the   Assessment of Dementia and
Coastline Community                  topics in the series:                Caregiving for Vietnamese Ameri-
College                                                                   cans. Presented by Ladson Hinton,
                                     Series Introduction: Prevalence of
Dr. Laura Mosqueda,                                                       MD, and Jane Nha Uyen Tran,
                                     Dementia in Different Populations.
Keynote Speaker                                                           MSW on June 9, 2010, 11:30am-
                                     Presented by Gwen Yeo, PhD, and
Annual Fall Networking Event                                              12:45pm.
                                     Kala Mehta, DSc on October 14,
Each fall Coastline’s Gerontology    2009, 11:30am-12:45pm.               Cost for each webinar is $10 with-
Networking Event brings together                                          out CEUs and $20 with CEUs.
                                     Assessment of Dementia and
students and faculty members                                              For more information about the
                                     Caregiving for Latino Elders.
from across Los Angeles and                                               series and enrollment, please go
                                     Presented by Dolores Gallagher-
Orange County, as well as employ-                                         to:
                                     Thompson, PhD, and Consuelo
ers and professionals in the aging                                        html
                                     Juarez on November 4, 2009,
field. This year’s event on Octo-    11:30am-12:45pm.
ber 7th highlighted the work of
Laura Mosqueda, MD, from UC          Assessment of Dementia and           Stanford GEC Sponsors
Irvine’s Center for Excellence       Caregiving for African American      Faculty Development Program
on Elder Abuse and Neglect. Dr.      Elders. Presented by Rita Har-       Health Literacy and
Mosqueda shared her expertise on     grave, MD on December 9, 2009,       Ethnogeriatrics
the important issues of caregiver    11:30am-12:45pm.
stress, dementia and elder use                                            Stanford Geriatric Education Cen-
                                     Assessment of Dementia and           ter (SGEC) is sponsoring the 3rd
and neglect with the appreciative    Caregiving for Chinese American
crowd. The program consists of                                            Annual SGEC Faculty Develop-
                                     Elders. Presented by Dolores Gal-    ment Program in Health Literacy
a keynote speaker, followed by       lagher-Thompson, PhD, Edie Yau,
refreshments and time to connect                                          and Ethnogeriatrics June 21-26,
                                     MA, and Marian Tzuang, MSW           2010, on the Stanford University
with the other attendees. Check      on January 13, 2010, 11:30am-
the Coastline Gerontology Pro-                                            School of Medicine campus in
                                     12:45pm.                             Palo Alto, California. The week
gram website http://gerontology. for future events.     Assessment of Dementia and           long course is an intensive edu-
                                     Caregiving for Japanese Ameri-       cational experience using a train-
                                     can Elders. Presented by Nancy       the-trainer approach for multidis-
Stanford GEC Sponsors                Hikoyeda, DrPH on February 3,        ciplinary health care faculty. It is
                                     2010, 11:30am-12:45pm.               funded by the Bureau of Health
Webinar Series
                                                                          Professions as part of a GEC grant.
Ethnicity and Dementias              Assessment of Dementia and
                                     Caregiving for Korean American       The course is taught by an inter-
Stanford Geriatric Education         Elders. Presented by Sang E. Lee,    disciplinary health care faculty
Center (GEC), in collaboration       MSW, PhD., and Yookyung Kwon,        team with experience in teach-
with the California Area Health      PhD on March 17, 2010, 11:30am-      ing cultural competence, ethno-
Education Centers is presenting a    12:45pm.                             geriatrics, and health literacy. Its
webinar series in Ethnicity & the                                         framework is based on the Stan-
Dementias this academic year.        Assessment of Dementia and
                                                                          ford Faculty Development Center
One webinar per month for nine       Caregiving for Hmong Ameri-
                                                                          programs that have successfully
months is included in the series.    can Elders. Presented by Linda
                                                                          trained faculty in clinical medicine
Each webinar is 75 minutes long      Gerdner, PhD, RN, and Xa Xavier
                                                                          since 1987. It includes didactic ses-
and carries continuing education     Xiong, MD on April 14, 2010,
                                                                          sions, interactive workshops, and
unites (CEUs) for nurses, social     11:30am-12:45pm.
                                                                          trainee led sessions. The modules
workers, and marriage and family     Assessment of Dementia and           will include topics in aging, culture
therapists. We are in the process    Caregiving for Filipino Ameri-       and cultural competence, low liter-
of being able to offer CME units     can Elders. Presented by Melen       acy in geriatric care, ethnogeriatric
to physicians and psychologists,     McBride, RN, PhD on May 12,          care, communication and use of
and will let you know when they      2010, 11:30am-12:45pm.               interpreters, and teaching strate-
are available.
                                                                                            Continued on page 6


                                           Special Interest
                                           Sample Toolkit for Visits to      CCGG had additional support
It Takes a Village: Toolkits               Legislators”.                     through the generosity of the fol-
for Effective Practice                  •	 An interactive session entitled   lowing organizations: Agencies
CCGG 2009 Annual Meeting                   “Toolkits for Linking Com-        and Programs on Aging – City of
Barbara White                              petency-Based Gerontology         Long Beach, AgeWise TV at www.
                                           Education to Jobs in Aging        AgeWise.TV, California Geriatric
Friday April 3, 2009 saw a
                                           Services” presented by JoAnn      Education Center, CSU Northridge
packed conference room at CSU
                                           Damron-Rodriguez (UCLA            Department of Health Science
Northridge as approximately 155
                                           Department of Social Welfare)     Interdisciplinary Gerontology
faculty, students, and health and
                                           and Janet Frank (Associate        Program, California Geriatrics
social services professionals par-
                                           Director, UCLA Multicampus        Society, Life Course Publishing,
ticipated in the CCGG annual con-
                                           Program in Geriatric medicine     PURPOSE, Inc., the Let’s Group™,
ference. The conference provided
                                           and Gerontology). The session     and Union Bank of California; and
participants “the opportunity
                                           looked at gerontology compe-      the following individuals: Pauline
to explore innovative tools and
                                           tencies and related them to job   Abbott, Nancy Hikoyeda, Susan
research designed to enhance
                                           descriptions.                     Kornblatt, Phoebe Liebig, and
skills in care management and
                                        •	 During the business meeting       Mark Robinson.
workforce development”.
                                           the following awards were pre-    Next year’s annual meeting is
Highlights of the daylong pro-             sented:                           scheduled for April 9, 2010 at
gram included:
                                           – Ellis Waller-Walker, faculty    UCLA Covel Commons. Stay
•	 A poster session with 10 par-             member in the Gerontol-         tuned for details. It looks like
   ticipants presenting projects             ogy Department at Coastline     another dynamic event!
   and research related to aging             Community College, received
   issues in California. Participants        the Betty and James E. Birren
   included students, faculty, and           Emerging Leadership Award
   professionals in practice.
                                           – Pauline Abbott, Director of
•	 A keynote session featuring W.            CSU Fullerton Institute of
   June Simmons, founding Presi-             Gerontology, received the
   dent and CEO of the Partners              Betty and James E. Birren        Stanford GEC Sponsors
   in Care Foundation, who pre-              Senior Scholar Award
   sented information about key                                              Continued from page 5
   evidence- based health promo-           – Lynn Daucher, Director of
   tion programs available to ger-           the California Department       gies. There will also be resource
   ontology and geriatric faculty,           of Aging was awarded the        sessions on related topics. After
   students, and professionals for           CCGG Lifetime Achievement       completing the course, faculty par-
   use in practice.                          Award.                          ticipants will have the curriculum,
•	 A legislative toolkit presented         – Trina Sauceda, completing       resources, and preparation teach
   by Dixon Arnett (former Direc-            a Masters in Gerontology at     these topics to students and other
   tor, California Department                CSU Fullerton, was recognized   trainees in their respective disci-
   of Aging and current SDSU                 with the David A. Peterson      plines.
   Adjunct Professor), Lynn                  Student Achievement Award       There is no cost to attend the
   Daucher (Director, California        The annual meeting also pre-         program in 2010, but faculty
   Department of Aging), Lynn           sented opportunities for dialogue    trainees will need to pay for their
   Friss Feinberg (Deputy Direc-        and networking with a variety        own transportation, housing, and
   tor, National Center on Care-        of professionals in the field of     meals. The deadline for applica-
   giving, San Francisco), and          aging. The conference program        tions will be January 15, 2010. For
   Patricia McGinnis (Founder and       and scholarships were gener-         more information, please contact
   Executive Director, California       ously supported by the University    Gwen Yeo at gwenyeo@stanford.
   Advocates for Nursing Home           of Southern California, Leonard      edu to receive an application form.
   Reform). Program participants        Davis School of Gerontology.         Enrollment is limited.
   received “Instructions and


                                 Special Interest            (continued)

CCGG Poster Sessions a
Annual Meeting 2010 Seeking
The California Council on Ger-
ontology and Geriatrics (CCGG)
accepted 9 poster presentations
for its 2009 It Takes a Village:
Toolkits in Care Management
Conference. The posters focused
on aging issues in California and
provided research based evi-
dence on caregiving, workforce
issues, teaching gerontology,
and banking. Several presenters
provided evidence that support
groups (online and/or in person)
and education are instrumental
in reducing caregiver burden and
increasing caregiver efficacy.
The educational posters focused
on instructional pedagogy to
increase student interest in the
field of gerontology and curricula
design for engaging students and
community dwelling elders in
discussing ethical issues of aging.
An applied research project pre-
sented a design for a volunteer
fall prevention program to reach
homebound seniors.
The poster format was designed
to foster interaction between fac-
ulty, professionals in the field of
aging and students. Participants
had the opportunity to network
with presenters prior to the start
of the conference and during
lunch. The poster session stirred
lively discussion and provided
useful information for instruc-
tion. CCGG is looking for new
research and innovative presenta-
                                      about programs, interventions,
tions on aging or older popula-
                                      research, and education in aging.
tions in California to include in
                                      Watch our website for informa-
our 2010 Annual Conference.
                                      tion on how to apply to make
This is a wonderful opportunity
                                      your presentation at the 2010
to inform the gerontological and
geriatric community in California
                                                                           Continued on page 8


                                        Students Corner
                                      students is therefore critical.       status, and personality changes
CSUF Conducts Aging                                                         occurring during older adult-
Attitudes and Knowledge               The present research focused
                                                                            hood. Furthermore, results from a
                                      on: (1) basic knowledge of aging
Survey among                          processes; (2) attitudes and per-
                                                                            series of regression analyses indi-
Undergraduate Human                   ceptions of growing older; and
                                                                            cate student’s overall attitudes
Services Students.                                                          towards aging are significantly
                                      (3) experiences with and interest
                                                                            predicted by previous experience
The well-being of older adults        in older adults. A sample 150 stu-
                                                                            working with older adults, having
is enhanced by those around           dents in Human Services at CSU
                                                                            taken academic coursework on
them. “It takes a village” to help    Fullerton were surveyed using a
                                                                            aging, and also by having under-
the world grow older success-         modified version of the Palmore
                                                                            standing of the professional ben-
fully. Having a workforce that is     Facts on Aging, Attitudes Toward
                                                                            efit of working with older adults.
specialized in gerontology and        Older Adults survey (based on
geriatrics is therefore essential.    Rosencranz & McNevin, 1969)           In conclusion, students with
The growing population of older       and open-ended questions of pre-      knowledge or experience with
adults, however, currently out-       vious gerontological experience.      older adults are more likely to
numbers the amount of trained         Findings indicate that students       have more positive views of
persons who can provide assis-        have limited and incorrect factual    aging and motivation to work in
tance. Research also indicates        information about aging. Specifi-     the aging field. Such findings can
that many already working with        cally, students lacked knowledge      encourage college-based faculty
older adults have limited knowl-      on basic facts of aging related       to increase aging course content
edge about gerontology (Cowan,        to: sensory changes, sexual abil-     & gerontological internships, and
Fitzpatrick, Roberts & While,         ity, nursing home occupancy,          work at attracting more under-
2004). A baseline understanding       prevalence of accidents, cognitive    graduates to the field.
of attitudes and knowledge about      ability, population demographics,
aging among Human Services            poverty status, religiosity, health

 President’s Column                   tion Grant focused on diversity       •	 Host two policy forums to
                                      in CCGG membership, leader-              inform educational policymak-
Continued from page 2                 ship, and educational programs.          ers and opinion leaders about
                                      The significance of this grant           issues of diversity and the
   CCGG programming and exec-         is borne out by statistics that          aging workforce.
   utive office support.              indicate increases in the ethnic/     •	 Provide scholarships to minor-
•	 Develop “greener” strategies       racial diversity of older adults         ity students, faculty, and ser-
   for CCGG internal and external     in California. It is projected that      vice providers to attend the
   communication through vehi-        today’s minorities will represent        CCGG annual meetings.
   cles such as our newsletter,       about 58% of the 60+ population
                                      by 2040 (2005-2009 State Plan on      We ask all of our members to
   websites, and teleconferencing.                                          participate in this important proj-
                                      Aging). Addressing these demo-
•	 Complete the first year deliv-                                           ect as well as in the other unique
                                      graphics, the goals of the CCGG
   erables for the California Well-                                         opportunities offered with mem-
                                      grant include:
   ness Foundation Grant related                                            bership in the California Council
   to diversity in membership,        •	 Incorporate diversity into
                                                                            on Gerontology and Geriatrics.
   leadership, and programming.          CCGG Committee structure and
                                                                            “There’s more to do than can
                                         work, including the develop-
A word about the last listed goal                                           ever be done,” alone, but a lot
                                         ment of a Leadership & Diver-
for the biennium: Thanks to the                                             we can do together. Come into
                                         sity Council to work with the
exemplary work of our Execu-                                                our circle!
tive Director, Jolene Fassbinder,     •	 Increase the diversity on the
we have received a three-year            CCGG Board by 25%.
California Wellness Founda-


                                  Special Interest             (continued)

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                                           Member News
                                       The Season of Life™ Conference       Free to the public will be a Health
Gerontologist Di Patterson             will be held in Palm Desert, Cali-   Fair, Book Fair and Exhibitors
to Host Successful Aging               fornia, on March 20th, 2010, at      Fair. The conference will also
Conference: Superstars Pat             the Indian Wells Theater on the      feature the release of Patterson’s
Boone, Jane Russell and                California State University San      book, AGEWISE: Season Your
Peter Graves Headline Palm             Bernardino, Palm Desert campus.      Life: Di Patterson’s Top Ten Tips
                                       The conference will feature celeb-   for Success in Aging, and an
Springs Extravaganza
                                       rity keynote speakers, singer/       exclusive book signing available
Diane Patterson, MSG and former        songwriter Pat Boone, actress        to all registered attendees of the
CCGG Board Member, is the host         Jane Russell (Gentlemen Prefer       Conference.
of an upcoming conference that         Blondes) and actor Peter Graves
                                                                            Continuing Education credits for
will highlight Patterson’s passion     (Mission: Impossible, Airplane),
                                                                            Gerontologists are available for
for aging gracefully and success-      as well as expert panelists dis-
                                                                            attendance at the conference
fully, and feature a number of         cussing the latest advances in
                                                                            through NAPG. For more infor-
celebrities who themselves have        health and wellness, and debunk-
                                                                            mation and online registration,
aged well.                             ing aging myths.
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