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Note to Editors: The Gerontological Society of America will host its 2004 Annual Scientific Meeting in Washington, DC, November 19-23. The following is a sampling of the more than 400 sessions scheduled for the five-day conference. Dates and times of the sessions described are in italics. Members of the press may register and customize their own schedule by visiting http://www.eshow2000.com/geron/about_the_meeting.cfm.

Promoting The Health of an Aging Population: Experts Present New Research on Hot Topics in Aging at GSA's Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, November 19-23

Civic Engagement in Later Life: With the baby boom generation on the verge of retirement, there is an increasing awareness that older adults are a growing, and largely untapped, civic resource for responding to societal needs through both paid and unpaid work. However, as gerontologists have noted, demographics are changing faster than societal structures can adapt. As a result, there are already insufficient opportunities for meaningful civic engagement by today's older adults--much less the better educated, healthier, and longer-lived boomers of tomorrow. Join AARP Director of Academic Affairs Harry Moody and Professor Phyllis Moen of the University of Minnesota for an expert discussion on what the future holds for our aging society.
November 21 at 10:30 a.m.

Driving and Dementia in Older Adults: Ultimately, all persons suffering from dementing illnesses need to surrender driving. Identification of those unsafe drivers is becoming a serious health priority. Ideally, retirement from driving should occur as close to the optimal time as possible, neither too early, nor too late. Drivers with dementing illnesses often do not recognize that they are unsafe, fail to make needed modifications, and are at greatly increased risk for accidents. Cessation is often unpl
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Contact: Todd Kluss
tkluss@geron.org
202-842-1275
The Gerontological Society of America
7-Oct-2004


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