Conference to focus on quality of life issues for older adults

September 15, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — How well-being later in life can improve the likelihood of aging in place will be the focus of the 2015 Purdue Center on Aging and the Life Course conference.

"Optimizing Functional Ability Later in Life," which is free and open to the public, is 8 a.m. to noon on Oct. 2. Registration is required and available online.

The event will feature two presentations:

* "Optimal Mobility in Later Life: Why Place Matters," by William Satariano, a professor of epidemiology and community health, and the Berkeley Endowed Chair in Geriatrics at the University of California, Berkeley.

* "Supporting Older Adults' Functional Goals through Person-Environment Fit: The CAPABLE Studies," by Sarah Szanton, an associate professor and director of the doctorate program in the Department of Community-Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.

The event also is sponsored by Purdue University Retirees Association and Purdue's School of Nursing.

Purdue's Center on Aging and the Life Course is a university-wide initiative to strengthen interdisciplinary inquiry on aging. The center has more than 50 faculty associates from 20 departments, and its focus is advancing research related to the aging experience of diverse populations and educating graduate students for the field of gerontology. 

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723,

Sources: Kenneth Ferraro, distinguished professor and interim head of the Department of Sociology, and director of the Center on Aging and the Life Course,

Traci Robison, assistant director of the Center on Aging and the Life Course, 

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