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Professors Give Papers at International Age-Friendly Conference

November 16, 2015

The Director of the Fuss Center for Research on Aging and Intergenerational Studies, Professor Joann Montepare, and Professor Kim Farah recently presented at the Age-Friendly Universities Conference in Ireland sharing their experiences delivering age-friendly programming on Lasell's campus.

Montepare, professor of Psychology, and Farah, professor of Chemistry, each presented together two papers at the conference November 2 and 3: "Talk of Ages": A Program for Engaging Older and Younger Learners across the Curriculum" and "Connecting Age-Friendly Course Activities with Age-Friendly Community Initiatives."

The pair also met with more than 100 educators and community partners from four continents who also deliver age-friendly programs.

"What was most inspiring about the conference was its focus on the role institutions of higher education can and should place in building more age-friendly living and learning spaces within and beyond institutional walls that connect our increasingly age-diverse populations," said Montepare.

Earlier this Fall Lasell became the first school in Massachusetts to join the Age-Friendly University Initiative, an international effort led by leaders at Dublin City University to highlight the role higher education can play in responding to the challenges and opportunities associated with an aging population.

Last June the Fuss Center hosted a Talk of Ages Summit that convened educators and community partners to explore a vision for aging education and age-friendly campuses in Massachusetts.