No expiration date on Honor

0 Commentsby   |  08.26.15  |  News

More great expressions of honoring older adults and their contributions to family!

Recognition of our lineage is a recognition of our place in it. Some couples are including their grandparents and great-parents as their wedding attendants, flower girls and ring bearers.


Video by Samantha Stark, NY Times

To read Samantha’s story in the NY Times, please click this link



grandma flower girls

Annie Rohrmeier, left  and Joyce Arthur-Gunter were the flower girls at their grand-children’s wedding. Credit: Genevieve Leiper Photography

To read more about Annie Rohrmeier and Joyce Arthur-Gunter, please click this link

Have you attended a wedding with a creative way that honored older adults?







Tips for First Days of Classes

0 Commentsby   |  08.25.15  |  GERO Student Focus

Dr.Kristen Guillory, is a friend of ACU/PGC and one of the judges of the Images of Aging photo contest is also President of KSGuillory Enterprises and Adjunct Faculty at UNT Dallas. She shares her tips for College Success with us:


Used with permission from Dr. Guillory


Which one(s) are new to you? Which one(s) are you going to plan to purposefully pursue?

Continuing in prayers for your successful school year.



Welcome Back to ACU!

0 Commentsby   |  08.24.15  |  Uncategorized





Happy National Senior Citizens Day!

0 Commentsby   |  08.21.15  |  Announcements, GERO Student Focus

National Senior Citizens Day    spotlights the active lives and significant contributions that older adults make in their communities across the United States.It was also created to bring awareness of social, health, and economic issues that affect older adults.

In 1988 President Ronald Reagan, declared August 21 to be National Senior Citizens Day as one method to “offer older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute.”

5 Things you can do to celebrate:

1.) Say thank you to the older adults in your family for their contributions to your life.

2.) Look for ways to offer a kindness to an older adult. The Corner Bakery, for instance, is offering free drinks to older adults today.

3.) Complete a volunteer task or job for an older person in your community.

4.) Send a greeting card to an older adult in your family and/or community

5.) Pray for the older adults in your family, congregation, and in your life.




Summer Reading List Part 2

0 Commentsby   |  08.19.15  |  News

We are in the single digit countdown to the first day of classes–August 24!

A look at the license plates already in the dorm parking lot– AL, CA, WA, NM, OK, NE, AR, AL — confirms that it is almost time for the learning to begin!

Last week, PGC posted stories of awesome older adults for your summer reading list. Here is Part 2 in our series.

America’s oldest park ranger- at age 93– reports to work. Meet  Betty Soskin, who began her career at age 85 years!”This is the turn my life took,” Betty tells reporter Sheinelle Jones in this uplifting video.
Betty Soskin



As the calendar turns, our thoughts return to campus and, of course, The World Famous Bean! Here is a story of the World’s oldest sisters- the Latham sisters– who reach a combined age of 391. The Latham sisters’ report that a good life diet and no spicey food is the reason. They have lived through nineteen Prime Ministers, five monarchs and survived two World Wars.

the Latham sisters


Travel safely on your way back to campus and/or around Abilene.

See you soon!





Summer Reading – Part 1

0 Commentsby   |  08.12.15  |  News

There are still a few more days for Summer Reading. Here are some stories we’ve collected for you during the summer:,,18489286_303,00.jpg


Artistic Older Adults get involved in street art

older adults and street art


WWII Female Pilot Joy Lofthouse Flies Favorite Fighter Plane 70 Years Later

Joy Lofthouse

Opening Day of ACU is August 24, 2015. See you soon!





ACU Homecoming-Save the Date!

0 Commentsby   |  07.29.15  |  Announcements


Mark your calendars! • Oct. 15-18, 2015
ACU football vs. new conference rival Sam Houston State
Homecoming Musical: Mary Poppins
JamFest, Carnival, Parade, Chapel, Fireworks and more!

Visit for details.



Ongoing Student Research Sponsored by PGC

0 Commentsby   |  06.11.15  |  GERO Student Focus, News

The Pruett Gerontology Center continues to sponsor student research in Gerontology and Aging Studies. This passed spring, Junior Addie Rich presented “Perceived Living Arrangement in Later Life in Relation to Mothers’ Current Health” at the 2015 Southwestern Social Science Association annual meeting in Denver, Colorado.


Dr. C.D. Pruett congratulates Addie Rich after her SSSA conference presentation.


Congratulations, Addie!



Welcome to our New Subscribers!

0 Commentsby   |  06.09.15  |  Announcements



Welcome! We are so grateful to see so many new subscribers to our blog!

Thank you for subscribing! We look forward to sharing this blog space together and giving you timely information and news about Pruett Gerontology Center, ongoing research in Aging Studies, our new Aging Studies Minor, and much more!









Dr. Pruett on the cover of magazine!

0 Commentsby   |  06.01.15  |  Announcements

Dr. Pruett was featured on the cover of the Abilene Seniors magazine!
Congratulations, Dr. Pruett!
(from left: David Hare, Alesha Willis, David Bacon, Dr. Pruett, and Walter Graham)

Dr. Pruett on the cover of Abilene Seniors magazine