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UCF Faculty Members Gather to Discuss Positive Aging

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UCF faculty members with interests in aging studies gathered March 24 to discuss positive aging in Florida during a half-day meeting coordinated by the School of Social Work.

Larry Polivka (right in photo), a nationally known expert on gerontology from Florida State University, was among the distinguished speakers. He serves as executive director of The Claude Pepper Center, which helps inform policy makers, teachers, researchers, the media and the general public about challenges facing older citizens.

Faculty researchers from social work, communication sciences and disorders, medicine, nursing, psychology and health professions made presentations about their work related to aging. The participants also included several key administrators.

"It went very well," said Bonnie Yegidis, director of the School of Social Work. "We now have a critical mass of faculty."

Yegidis anticipates future meetings will be held to further discuss ways to develop aging studies programs at UCF. The School of Social Work currently offers a minor and an undergraduate certificate program in aging studies.

The meeting was held at UCF's Teaching Academy and was sponsored by Life at UCF.

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