A Video to Celebrate Our Student Photographers

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Celebrating all of our Images of Aging Photo Contest Student Photographers! Please click on the photo below to see a short video of all submissions!

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Dr. Pruett Celebrates 25 Years of Service at ACU!

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Please join us in congratulating Dr. Pruett for 25 years service at Abilene Christian University! Dr. Snider, Dean of the College of Education and Human Services presented Dr. Pruett with his service plaque at our Images of Aging Recognition luncheon earlier this week.


From left: Dr. Donnie Snider, Dean of the College of Education and Human Services and Dr. Charlie Pruett, Director of the Pruett Gerontology Center and Professor of Gerontology and Sociology.



25 Years of Service





Images of Aging 2016-2017 Photo Contest Winners Announced!

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Our Images of Aging Photo Contest drew many entries in the categories of Black & White, Color, and Mobile.  This year our Mobile Category had the most submissions with 21 entries. Awards were presented yesterday at the Images of Aging Recognition Luncheon at the Williams Performing Arts Center.

Students, Please consider joining this elite group of photographers from all disciplines who appreciate the older adults in their lives and enjoy the digital photography! Faculty, please consider encouraging your students to submit a photograph to next year’s Images of Aging Contest.

All who entered are winners because they captured a moment in the lives of aging adults. Here are the photos of the  judges choices in each category.

Category: Black & White

1st Place Black and White



Runner-Up Black & White



Category: Color

1st Place Color Category


Runner up Color


Category: Mobile

1st Place Mobile




Special thanks to Donna Hester, from the Department of Theater,  for her help with our luncheon and photograph staging. For the Images of Aging Photo Contest, ACU students across campus were encouraged to take and submit photographs that included at least one person who is 60 years of age or older.  These photos are available online at our Images of Aging blog. Please check back here for the display of all photo submissions.





PGC On The Move Over Easter Weekend Presenting Research at the SSSA Conference

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Members of the PGC research team, led by Dr. Charlie Pruett presented original research at the Southwest Social Science Association conference in Austin, Texas over the Easter weekend.

Sessions presented included:

  • The Process of Retirement Planning Scale: An Application to Members of the Clergy, with James Knapp
  • Intergenerational Town Hall Meeting as a Learning Experience for University Students
  • Connecting the University with Community: Identification of Aging Issues from an Intergenerational Perspectives by Organizing an Intergenerational Town Hall Meeting.

The sessions were well attended and the discussions were engaging. All members of the team, Dr. & Mrs. Pruett, Emily Adams, and Helen Teague returned to Abilene safely.

Dr. Pruett and Emily Adams

Dr. Charlie Pruett and Emily Adams at the SSSA Conference in Austin, Texas, April 15, 2017







Paying Tribute to Chris Kyker April 12, 2017

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Yesterday, members of TSHL, the Senior Circle, Abilene Regional Medical Center, The Abilene Area Agency of Aging, Pruett Gerontology Center, and the Chris Kyker family gathered to honor and salute Chris on her many decades of service to Abilene, Taylor County, and the State of Texas.


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PGC Office Closed Friday April 14 for Good Friday

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Good Friday

PGC and ACU will be closed on 4-14-17, in observance of Good Friday. All offices will be closed and there will be no classes.




Dr. Pruett to Speak Monday April 10 for Families First Series

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Dr. Pruett will speak for the Family First Speaker Series, April 10th from 11:301 pm in the Adams Center.



Dr. Pruett’s topic is Part 2: Mom and Dad Are Getting Older: What You Should Plan For? With older adults living longer, families are having to address the growing needs of older adults. Knowing what to plan for is an important step in caring for our loved ones, and in this second part series, Dr. Pruett will offer valuable tips that will help get you prepared. All are welcome, even if you were unable to attend Part 1 last spring.

Lunch included, and please RSVP at rsvp2ac@acu.edu or call 325-674-2455  (ext. 2455). 









ACU Undergraduate Research Festival Tuesday April 4

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The ACU Undergraduate Research Festival is held annually to celebrate the research performed by Abilene undergraduate students. During the Research Festival, students present their research through oral and poster presentations. Outstanding Presentation Awards are given out in several categories. Click here to view the festival program

This year Dr. Pruett serves as mentor for Emily Adams, a Junior Communications Sciences & Disorders Major from Frisco, Texas. Emily’s presentation “Connecting the University with Community: Identification of Aging Issues from an Intergenerational Perspective by Organizing an Intergenerational Town Hall Meeting” will commence at 1:30pm in the McCaleb room of the Hunter Welcome Center. Emily is the daughter of Tom and Marcia Adams.

Please make plans to attend anytime between 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.




PGC Office Closed Friday March 17th for Spring Break

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PGC Closed for Spring Break


We will reopen at our regular business hours on Monday.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


Dr. Pruett on the Conference Circuit ~ AGHE Conference Part 2

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Dr. Pruett’s presentations continue at the AGHE Conference in Miami. Yesterday, Dr. Pruett, Dr. Lipps, and Dr. Macaluso presented a poster session titled, Six Generation Town Hall Meeting: Identifying Policy Issues While Improving Intergenerational Attitudes. See the photo and description below. Click on the photo to see a larger version.



Six Generation Town Hall Meeting: Identifying Policy Issues While Improving Intergenerational Attitudes

Charlie Pruett, PhD, Suzanne Macaluso, Alan J. Lipps

Friday, March 10, 2017; 9:30AM-12:30PM

Abstract Body:

Gerontology educators, aging network professionals, and political advocates are looking for opportunities to both identify policy issues as well as educate a new generation of professionals in aging. Sociologist have learned that bringing together individuals from different cultural groups, including different age cohorts, can improve social attitudes. This presentation will discuss the development, offering, and outcomes of an intergenerational town hall meeting held on a university campus in a city of 110,000 people in West Texas. The goal of the town hall meeting was to identify issues related to aging as well as bring university students into contact with proactive older adults. The event was organized by university faculty, members of the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature, the local Area Agency on Aging, and local service providers in the aging network. Three hundred individuals participated in the one day event which included 100 university students and 200 senior adults representing six generations. Attendees were divided into groups of eight. University students were seated with older adults at each table. Participants spent an hour discussing issues facing aging individuals of the local community. University students recorded the table discussion and specific issues at each table. Students then stood in the assembly to report the findings of each table. A written summary of the event was prepared by students and submitted to representatives of the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature who are presently developing platforms to be submit to Texas congressional representatives. Students expressed positive change in attitudes toward older adults. These attitudes and identified policies will be addressed in this presentation.

Objective 1: Those attending this presentation will gain insight into the development of an intergenerational policy development event.

Objective 2: Attendees will learn a creative methods of serving the community while expanding gerontological knowledge within future professional in aging.

Objective 3: Attendees will understand personal perspectives of university students and how their attitudes toward older adults were improved by interacting toward a unified