The Gerontology Center at Kansas University and the Gerontological Society of America are sponsoring a symposium next week on Native American aging.
The symposium, which will be open to the public, will address Indian aging issues and opportunities. According to a news release from the Gerontological Society, Native Americans are one of the fastest-growing elderly populations in the United States. The symposium was organized to introduce students to the range of opportunities in the medical and social sciences and social services.
Speakers include Spero Manson, associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center; Ramona Ornelas, chief of policy analysis for Indian Health Service; and Shirley Bagley, assistant director of special programs for the National Institute on Aging.
The symposium is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Haskell Auditorium on the Haskell Indian Junior College campus. The symposium also will feature Bob Martin, president of Haskell; Carol A. Schutz, deputy executive director of the Gerontological Society of America; and Robert John, a research associate with the KU Gerontology Center.