UNC Charlotte Gerontology Program Celebrates 25th Year

A special presentation of the interdisciplinary Gerontology program of UNC Charlotte on Thursday, April 28, will highlight North Carolina’s efforts to create a “dementia-capable” state” — a state that is informed, safe and respectful of individuals with dementia and their families, provides supportive options and fosters quality of life.

The presentation given by Mark Hensley, an Alzheimer’s specialist with the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services, is the keynote for the Gerontology program’s 25th Anniversary Celebration.

The celebration will be from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Apr. 28, at UNC Charlotte Center City.  A cocktail party will precede Hensley’s presentation.

The event is open to the public without charge. But registration is required: Register here.

North Carolina has the nation’s 9th fastest-growing older adult population with an estimated 160,000 residents currently with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. That number is estimated to grow to more than 300,000 by the year 2030. In response, the state created its first Alzheimer’s Plan.

The 25th Anniversary celebration is sponsored by the UNC Charlotte College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the College of Health and Human Services with support from Southminster.

Begun in 1990, the program offers an undergraduate minor with about 100 students, a graduate  certificate and a graduate Master of Arts degree. The cross-college program is part of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the College of Health and Human Services.

For more information about the Gerontology program, please see http://gerontology.uncc.edu

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