UGA offers film, discussion about aging in Georgia

UGA offers film, discussion about aging in Georgia

Athens, Ga. – In an effort to engage the Athens community as a partner in prevention, the University of Georgia College of Public Health is hosting a preview and discussion of the new film Aging 101 for Georgia. The forum will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22 in room 175 of the Paul D. Coverdell Center for Biomedical Health Sciences. The discussion will be led by Anne P. Glass, assistant director of the Institute of Gerontology.

Aging 101 for Georgia includes the key information people need to know about aging in Georgia. Topics covered include healthy aging, lifelong learning, planning for the future, caregiving and adjusting to change. The video, conceptualized and directed by Glass, features university experts, the executive director of the Georgia Division of Aging Services, as well as older adults who share their wisdom and experiences.

Glass received her Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and worked for several years in Virginia in a variety of roles in government agencies, as a researcher at the Center for Gerontology at Virginia Tech, and for ten years, with a large healthcare system. She received her master of science and graduate certificate of gerontology from the University of Georgia. In 2005, she returned to UGA to serve as the assistant director of the Institute of Gerontology and as graduate coordinator for the graduate certificate of gerontology. She is also an assistant professor in the department of health policy and management in the College of Public Health, and she serves as the associate director of the Georgia Geriatric Education Center. Her major research interests are improving long term and end-of-life care and elder intentional communities.

At the forum, Glass will provide a brief overview of the movie and answer questions from the audience. Older adults, individuals who work with older adults, and adult children of older adults are encouraged to attend. The forum is free and open to the public.