Roybal Institute Symposium


CONTACT: Margie Yu

Public Affairs Assistant

(323) 343-3047


Los Angeles, California -- October 9, 1996 -- On Thursday,
October 31, 1996,
the Edward R. Roybal Institute for Applied
at California State University, Los Angeles presents
a symposium on "The Need and Prospects for Professional
Training in Gerontology
." The speakers will be James
Birren, associate director of the UCLA Center of Aging, and Betty
Birren, executive director of the California Council on Gerontology
and Geriatrics. The presentation is free to the public and is
scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Roybal Institute for
Applied Gerontology on the Cal State L.A. campus.

According to Manuel Miranda, CSLA Endowed Chair in Gerontology,
the symposium focuses on the need to train individuals to become
professional gerontology caregivers, researchers and educators.
There will also be a discussion on the future growth of the elderly
population and what their critical needs will be and how these
needs can be met.

James Birren is currently associate director of the Center
on Aging at UCLA and serves as an adjunct professor in medicine,
psychiatry and bio-behavioral sciences. He is also professor
emeritus of gerontology and psychology at USC. Author of more
than 250 scholarly publications, his research interests include
the causes and consequences of slowed information processing in
the older nervous system, the effect of age on decision-making
processes, and the role of expertise in skilled occupations.
He has served as a delegate to several White House Conferences
on Aging and continues to develop national priorities for research
and education related to issues of aging.

His past positions include: chief of the aging section of the
National Institute of Mental Health, founding executive director
and dean of the USC Andrus Gerontology Center, founding director
of the Anna and Harry Borun Center for Gerontological Research
at UCLA, president of the Gerontological Society of America, president
of the Western Gerontological Society and president of the Division
on Adult Development and Aging of the American Psychological Association.

Betty Birren has been the executive director of the California
Council on Gerontology and Geriatrics since 1987. She began working
in the field of gerontology in 1947, when she coordinated the
first survey of the literature in gerontology and geriatrics for
the U.S. Public Health Service. Since 1979, she has frequently
been a group leader in the course, Psychological Development
Through Guided Autobiography
, at the USC Andrus Gerontology
Center and at a summer session at the University of British Columbia
in Canada. Currently, she is involved with two guided autobiography
groups sponsored by the American Association of Retired Persons

She is a member of the Adult Development and Aging Division of
the American Psychological Association. She has served as its
membership chair for ten years, its secretary/treasurer for three
years and its president in 1980-1981. She has also been active
in the Gerontological Society of America.

Cal State L.A. is located at the Eastern Avenue exit of the San
Bernardino (I-10) Freeway, near the interchange of the I-10 and
I-710 Freeways. For more information or to RSVP to the symposium,
please call the Edward R. Roybal Institute for Applied Gerontology
at (323) 343-4724.

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