For immediate release
Oct. 31, 2002
Abilene Christian University's Pruett Gerontology Center will serve as host for the National Elder Housing Conference November 7-11.
The conference will include 50-60 participants from facilities across the nation associated with the Churches of Christ. These participants will include board members, administrators and nursing staff from a broad spectrum of elder housing facilities such as independent living, congregate housing, assisted living and nursing facilities.
Other participants of the conference will include educators, older adult ministers in churches, older adults who are interested in the housing options available and students in the ACU gerontology program.
Such a conference has become even more relevant as a large portion of society reaches an older age and deals with elderly parents.
"The shift in social demographics toward an ever-aging population is turning the vision of church leaders to the needs of their graying members," said Dr. Charlie Pruett, director of the Pruett Gerontology Center. "The Baby Boom generation has now begun to entertain the question of housing and long-term care needs on their parents. The National Elder Housing Conference seeks to bring together Christians who are leaders in this field to address these questions. The conference will benefit those trying to discover how to begin, as well as experienced professionals wanting to improve service in the housing ministry."
The Elder Housing Conference idea originated in 1987 and culminated with the first conference hosted by the Pruett Gerontology Center in the fall of 1988. Since that time, the conference has convened in places across the nation, including California, Tennessee, Florida, Ohio, and Texas.
"The purpose of the conference is to offer education in the area of elder housing and a time for those in the industry to share ideas and goals," Pruett said. "And, there is an added benefit of a time for fellowship and spiritual renewal."
In addition, Pruett said the opportunity for networking between the gerontology students and the professionals in the elder housing industry, with a view for future employment, is a significant element of the conference.
On Friday, November 8, the conference will feature an abbreviated job fair for the ACU students. The elder housing facilities will set up displays in the McGlothlin Campus Center featuring the facilities and will have a representative on hand to answer questions about the numerous employment opportunities within the industry.
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