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UGC Faculty Working Group "Care and Support in Aging Communities" Workshop

The Upstate-Global Collective initiative was launched in September 2014 to create scholarly communities across the Consortium made up of faculty and students who are passionate about exploring themes that not only have rich historical roots here in upstate New York, but are also of current consequence worldwide.  One of these Upstate-Global Collective working groups is exploring the theme of aging, specifically "Care and Support in Aging Communities, with a focus on end of life care."  The working group is led by Professor Carol Weisse of Union and Professor DiCicco-Bloom of Hamilton College and includes faculty from all six Consortium schools: Cay Anderson-Hanley (Union), Meika Loe (Colgate), Margaret Gentry (Hamilton), Jamie Bodenlos (Hobart and William Smith), Crystal Moore (Skidmore), Leah Rohlfsen (St. Lawrence), and David Cotter (Union).  

This four-day retreat for members of the working group will provide a number of opportunities for members to discuss ideas about integrating aging into current and future class designs.  Members will have an opportunity to review with each other past classes or modules they have taught that have been guilt around or featured issued directly related to aging.  The retreat will also include a research symposium to allow members of the group to get acquainted with each other's past research, as well as discuss furture ideas for projects and possible collaborations between members of the group with similar interests.  

In addition, members of the group will participate in a number of site visits in New York in order to interact with and learn from representatives of organizations serving aging individuals, their families, and communities.  Site visits during this retreat will include visit to unique organizations serving aging populations in the Albany areas (e.g. Program for All Inclusive Care for the Elderly; Eddy Village Green; Center for Disability Services; Joan Nicole Prince Home) as well as an opportunity for faculty to participate in educational programs on Union's campus (e.g. tour of Cay Anderson-Hanley's Healthy Aging & Neurophyschology lab, demonstration of an on-line palliative care curriculum and classroom exercise on advance directives, workshop on the Virtual Dementia Tour, and others).  

For more information about this event or the working group, please contact Carol Weisse or Benjamin DiCicco-Bloom.  

Union College, Schenectady, NY