Four in 10 U.S. adults are now caring for a sick or elderly family member as more people develop chronic illnesses and the population ages, a new study has found. (Huffington Post). Yesterday, the Area Agency on Aging of West Central Texas hosted the Family and Professional Caregiver Symposium at Southern Hills Church of Christ. The event presented information, uplifting messages from professional speakers, and networking opportunities. Many thanks to Event Organizer Carrie Fritz and Keynote Speaker Kelly Moore, pictured at the Pruett Gerontology Booth at the event.
You may notice that flags at ACU are flying at half-staff today Thursday, from sunrise to sunset in remembrance of the lives lost on September 11, 2001. Today marks the 13-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93 which crashed in suburban Pennsylvania. Patriot Day serves as a remembrance of the lives lost on that September morning.
Photo by NYC photographer Richard Nesbit.
Used with permission from Richard Nesbit
U.S. News and World Report just named ACU among one of only two up-and-coming universities and also one of the best colleges for veterans.
Click on the ACU logo to see a 1-minute message!!
Walt Whitman and Christopher Columbus. Leo Tolstoy and Margaret Thatcher. All will figuratively walk the halls of Hardin Administration building as the Language and Lit Department has moved to new
digs environs on the 2nd floor.*
Yesterday, a welcome lunch in the PGC Conference Room greeted the Language and Lit Department. Creatively styled as Lit, Wit & Lunch, over 50 colleagues gathered to eat, meet, and greet! (No nouns, verbs or prepositions were injured in the conversations!)
Thank you to event sponsors, Dr. Pruett and Dr. Coates.
*This post corrected by an English prof.
Pictures taken by Addie Rich
Once again, PGC has a great group of student associates at work each day. Each student is also a member of our gerontology certification program.
Here are brief introductions to our wonderful group!!
My name is Julie (Reeger) Hilliard and I am from Lubbock, Texas. I graduated with a degree in Speech-language pathology from ACU and am currently in my second year of graduate school at ACU for Speech pathology. My parents are Keith and Dana Reeger, both alumni of ACC (Abilene Christian College) and living in Lubbock. This summer, I did an internship in Lubbock at Covenant Neuroscience Clinic and got married to Spencer Hilliard, who also graduated from ACU. After graduation, my husband and I plan to move to Midland, his hometown, to work and be closer to family.
Hello! My name is Mallory and I am the youngest daughter to Karen and Bill Wilkins. I was born in Anchorage, Alaska, but I grew up in Clyde, Texas, about 20 minutes away from here. I attended Abilene Christian Schools from elementary through graduation. I am a Speech Pathology major with a minor in English and a certificate in Gerontology. I went on my second study abroad trip this past summer to Montevideo, Uruguay, did my Gerontology Practicum at Wisteria Place, and visited my grandparents in Alaska and went fishing for salmon.
Hi, I’m Addie and I am a Speech Pathology major here at ACU. I am from Boerne Texas, and I live there during my breaks with my wonderful family. My parents names are Alan, and Janice Rich. I also have a little brother who is 13, named Rivers. As a family we have two dogs, Blue and Lincoln, and two cats, Brownie and Sapphire. My favorite thing to do is kayak down any river, or body of water. This summer my family and I went on a road trip to 14 states in 14 days. This adventure included climbing into cold caves, gold mining, standing in four states at one time, learning about different cultures, and my favorite, riding in a hot air balloon!
My name is Ashley and I am Junior at ACU. I am majoring in Speech Pathology and getting a certificate in Gerontology. I was born and raised in Spring, Texas, located just outside of Houston. I am the oldest daughter of Rodney and Melinda Bryan. I have a younger sister, Krista, who just started her first year of High School. We have three large fur babies named Jenna, Ginger, and Piper. Some of my favorite things include reading, writing, museums, and travel.
How did your first week progress? As you attended to your classes and met your teachers, read your syllabus, and learned of the learning opportunities ahead, it all may have seemed a bit overwhelming.
Consider your fellow students back in early days of ACU. They went to school on Saturdays! Yes, Saturdays! It wasn’t until 1972 that Saturday classes were replaced by a five-day week, with the first classes beginning at 7:30am!
The tradition of attending class on Labor Day does continue however.
Remember, unless directed by your professor, classes will meet on Monday, Labor Day, September 1, 2014.
Your Pruett Gerontology Offices will be open as well.
Studying Gerontology gives you the opportunity to make someone’s life better!
Because of the rapid growth of the aging community, a certificate in Gerontology is a great add-on for any major. Even if you are undecided about working with the population of older adults, you will find relating to older friends and family more natural and rewarding as a result of your studies in the Gerontology department. The ACU Pruett Gerontology Certificate encompasses 15 hours which includes 9 hours of required classes and 6 hours of electives. There is a practicum tailored to the GERO student’s interests and future career goals. A minor in Aging Studies is also on the horizon!
Come by the PGC office (Admin 118) to learn more!!
Gerontology Department Program Statement
Picture Source~~”Time Spent” by Liz McClellan, courtesy of the PGC Images of Aging Photo Contest
Today is National Senior Citizens’ Day!! Today we celebrate folks who are part of the fastest-growing demographic in the world! In 1988 President Ronald Reagan declared August 21 to be National Senior Citizens Day.
“For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older…Older citizens are reinforcing their historical roles as leaders and as links with our patrimony and sense of purpose as individuals and as a Nation” ~President Ronald Reagan
Did you know:
- Adults above the age of 55 represent 65% of all “early adopters” of technology tools.
- Almost 80% of all senior citizens vote in a presidential election compared to 50% of other age groups.
- See the Congressional Proclamation of National Senior Citizens Day from the Holiday Insights blog
National Senior Citizens’ Day is an observance in the United States, not a federal holiday, but that’s no reason not to celebrate!
Images of Aging Photos were on the road again…but this time a little closer to our Center Home.
Several photos from the Images of Aging photo contest were on display at Hendrick Hospital culminating in a short talk for Judy Osborne’s L.I.F.T. group last week. L.I.F.T. stands for “Living Is For Today.”
Would you like to have PGC set up an Images of Aging photo display for your next event?
Just give us a call at ACU or send comment to this post!
Happy Road Trips as you return to campus!