November 22, 2014  

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Upcoming Health Forums Focus on Issues Connected to Aging Population in U.S.

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– Issues involving our aging population will be the centerpiece of two public forums sponsored this week by The University of Southern Mississippi College of Health.

The first forum, titled “Healthy Aging: Options for Quality Care,” is set for 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27 in Ballroom I of the Thad Cochran Center. The second forum revolves around the 10th Annual Issues on Aging Conference scheduled for 8:45 a.m.-3:45 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28 at the Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center in downtown Hattiesburg.

“In addition to the need to prepare our physical and social infrastructure for the rapidly growing population of people over 65, every one of us needs to be thinking and planning for ourselves and our families,” said Dr. Susan Hrostowski, assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Southern Miss. “We need to ask ourselves some hard questions about where and how we will live as we age. Then to answer those questions, we need to educate ourselves about the options that are out there now and what’s being developed.”

Several local and state health experts will serve as guest speakers and lead panel discussions about the aging process during both forums.

The Jan. 27 forum is the first in a College of Health Forum Series presented by Hattiesburg Clinic. Other scheduled forums and topics include the following:

  • Feb. 24, 5:30-7 p.m. in Ballroom I of the Thad Cochran Center: “Perspectives on Health Care Reform – Which Way Forward?”
  • March 31, 5:30-7 p.m. in Ballroom I of the Thad Cochran Center: “Does Healthcare Have an Electronic Future?”

The Jan. 28 Issues on Aging Conference is being sponsored by the College of Health, the Southern Miss Center on Aging, the School of Social Work and the Pinebelt Association for Families.

For more information about these forums call 601.266.5103 or visit www.usm.edu/coh