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CSS hosts next aging seminar Thursday

Nationally known researcher Dr. Linda Burton will host the next seminar on aging at the College of St. Scholastica. The public is invited to join her in a session titled "Mothers, Grandmothers and Great-grandmothers in African American Families."...

Nationally known researcher Dr. Linda Burton will host the next seminar on aging at the College of St. Scholastica.
The public is invited to join her in a session titled "Mothers, Grandmothers and Great-grandmothers in African American Families."
Burton is a professor of human development and sociology at Pennsylvania State University. She has published numerous works on family, aging and diversity issues. Burton is also director of the university's Center for Human Development and Family Research.
Her experience comes from spending time in communities and talking with diverse generations and cultures. Burton's primary concern is for caregivers and their roles in the family and the community.
The Center trains scholars from many universities to look at what impacts families in the context of culture, race or socioeconomic status.
The seminar is the third part of "Our Aging Communities: A Regional Forum." It was developed to address issues relevant to aging in the Arrowhead Region. National experts are brought in to explore the various topics in-depth through open discussion.
Previous topics have included both the spiritual and physical aspects of aging.
The seminars seek to heighten awareness of how vital this diverse, aging population is to the Duluth area's community, said Dr. Chandra Mehrotra, professor of psychology and dean of special projects. "Our vision for the seminar is for a higher regional awareness regarding the centrality of aging in our community."
Mehrotra is also director of the Psychology of Aging Institute, which enables psychology teachers from colleges nationwide to come to St. Scholastica to train in doing research in the psychology of aging.
The seminar will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday in Somers Lounge at St. Scholastica. The fee, which includes a continental breakfast, beverages and lunch, is $11 in advance and $15 at the door.
Everyone is welcome, including older adults and their families, human service professionals, college faculty and students.
The forum is co-sponsored by the College of St. Scholastica, the Northland Foundation, the Arrowhead Agency of Aging and the Minnesota Humanities Commission.
Two more seminars are scheduled for the fall. For more information and registration details, call Dannie at 723-6265.

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