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Crisis in Elder Care Focus of UH Lecture

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March 25, 2009-Houston-
The University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work continues its Turner Distinguished Speakers Series with a discussion on the "Crisis in Elder Care: Gender and Racial Inequities." The lecture is planned for 7 p.m., Monday, March 30 at the Hilton-University of Houston Hotel and features Nancy R. Hooyman, professor of gerontology and dean emeritus at the University of Washington School of Social Work.

With the rapid growth of older adults, especially those with disabilities and chronic illness, practice and policy level changes are needed to address a crisis of formal and informal care," Hooyman said.

She will discuss the status inequities that deny elder caregivers critical support and value. Her discussion will focus on three main elder caregivers-professional geriatric social workers, direct care workers and family caregivers.

The Turner Distinguished Speakers Series is conducted during the spring semester at UH. This year, its theme spotlights "Diversity in Aging: The Impact of Ethnicity, Family, Health, Economic Status and Spirituality on Quality of Life in the Elderly."

The series is underwritten by the Isla Carroll Turner Friendship Trust, a Houston foundation devoted to the support of study and research in the field of gerontology.

Continuing education units will be available for a nominal fee. For priority seating and reception attendance, call 713-743-9968.

For more information on the UH Graduate College of Social Work, visit www.sw.uh.edu/main/home.php.

WHAT: Turner Distinguished Speakers Series
"Crisis in Elder Care:  Racial and Gender Inequities"
Featuring Professor Nancy Hooyman, University of Washington School of Social Work
WHEN: Reception begins at 6:30 p.m., Monday, March 30
Lecture begins at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Hilton-University of Houston Hotel
For directions and parking information, please visit www.uh.edu/campus_map/buildings/CHC.php 
WHO: University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work

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