Health Notes: Forum focus is on agingYou’re getting older. So is the rest of the nation, and the University of Wisconsin-Superior is responding with a forum next week on the subject of aging and caregiving.
By: John Lundy, Duluth News Tribune
You’re getting older.
So is the rest of the nation, and the University of Wisconsin-Superior is responding with a forum next week on the subject of aging and caregiving.
Providing care to the aging is “a public policy issue, something we, as a society, need to address, especially in rural areas where there is a disproportionate aging population and fewer resources to help,” event organizer Esther Gieschen said in a news release.
“The topic affects everybody,” said Gieschen, program manager with the UWS Center for Continuing Education.
The news release cited statistics for both Minnesota and Wisconsin. For example, by 2020 more Minnesotans will be 65 or older than in grades K-12.
Between now and 2035, the 65-and-older population of Wisconsin is expected to increase by 90 percent while the rest of the state’s population grows by less than 4 percent.
Area experts on topics such as the economic impact of an aging population, legal basics of caring for older adults and meeting the challenges of caregivers will appear at the forum, which will is set for 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday.
It will be in the Erlenbach Lecture Hall in Swanson Hall on the UWS campus. Parking is free on campus lots after 4:30 p.m., except in reserved lots. Information displays will open at 5:30 p.m. with presentations beginning at 6 p.m. The fee, which includes a light meal, is $15 for those under 65 and $10 for those 65 and older.
Reservations are requested. For more information, or to make a reservation, call (715) 394-8032 or visit uwsuper.edu/health.