AUSB’s upcoming Symposium on Healthy Aging, to be presented April 19th and 20th by the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology Program (MACP), was highlighted in Tuesday’s weekly Santa Barbara News-Press column “Frank Talk for Seniors” by Frank Newton. The author and radio host is executive director of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) in Santa Barbara and has worked with seniors in various capacities.
Symposium organizer Elizabeth Wolfson, PhD, Chair of MACP and professor for the program’s Healthy Aging concentration, was interviewed for the column, and will also be a featured guest on the “Young at Heart” radio show this weekend, hosted by Newton and his partner Patti Teel. The interview will air Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14 at 5:30 pm on KTMS 990 AM news talk radio.
Discussing the value of the Symposium in the column, Dr. Wolfson emphasizes, “This is the fastest-growing demographic on the planet. Whether you are aging yourself or care about an elder loved one, all of us are increasingly affected by the unprecedented numbers of elders. Understanding the components of healthy aging is irrefutably one of the greatest tasks we are all faced with today.”
Newton goes on to discuss the “…high rates of depression, social isolation, self-depreciation and even suicide” that are pervasive in older adults, and acknowledges, “Nurturing a positive attitude about age not only helps seniors feel good about themselves, it helps them retain a sense of control in the face of the decline and losses that occur in the later stages of life.
“Antioch University is lighting a candle against the impending darkness [of aging-related decline] – first, by developing a special concentration in healthy aging for those pursuing a master’s degree in clinical psychology; and now, by staging a two-day symposium for professionals, students and the public who are interested in the physical, social and psychological facets of aging,” he concludes.
The Symposium on Healthy Aging will take place Friday, April 19 from 4:00 to 9:00pm, and Saturday, April 20, from 9:00am to 5:00pm, at the downtown AUSB campus, 602 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara. Visit our Event link for more information.