Presentations on Health and Aging Lead Genesee's Fall Outreach to Senior Adults

A series of lectures and workshops on health and aging will be the centerpiece of Genesee Community College's outreach activities to senior adults this fall, Director of Continuing Education Ramon Chaya reported to the Board of Trustees this evening.

"How Positive Thinking Affects Your Physical and Emotional Health," a special presentation by noted counselor and motivational speaker Dr. Dennis Boike, is set for Wednesday, September 24, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Conable Technology Building. The $15 fee includes dinner. Dr. Boike is a well-known counselor and therapist with special expertise in family life issues. Dr. Boike's presentation is co-sponsored by the Genesee County Office for the Aging and Senior Spice.

Next, Alpha Iota Upsilon, Genesee's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for junior and community college students, is inviting area seniors to participate in this fall's Phi Theta Kappa videoconference lecture series. The series consists of four topics of particular interest to seniors: America's Health Care System: How Good Is It and How Is It Changing? (September 20, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.); The Ethical Frontiers of Biomedicine (October 14, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.); Keeping Promises: Improving Care at the End of Life (October 28, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.); The Sociological Barriers to Health Care (November 4, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.). Mr. Chaya noted that Associate Professor of Biology Marirose Ethington is recruiting PTK members to welcome senior adults to these events. There is no charge for participation in the PTK series.

Seniors can register for any of these events by calling 345-6868.

The College is also making information about free senior credit class audit options to area senior organizations, Mr. Chaya told the Board. Individuals can "audit" classes without paying full tuition and without preparing for a formal degree program. Students who audit do not have to complete class assignments or examinations. Senior adults can audit any Genesee class at no charge provided that space is available in the class, Mr. Chaya said.

More activities geared toward the needs of senior adults are planned throughout the year, according to Mr. Chaya. These will include:

  • A "Senior Prom Dance" in June of 2004.
  • Additional workshops and lectures co-sponsored with area senior citizen organizations.
  • Invitations to the College's global education activities, which typically include lectures and food tastings, beginning in October.
  • A seniors "job fair" sometime in the spring of 2004.
  • Invitations to college events, such as events held in the Arts Center.

    Mr. Chaya said that he expects many area seniors to attend the College's presentation of The Nutcracker this fall in response to promotion by area organizations.

    Earlier this year, the College's Board of Trustees asked Mr. Chaya and the continuing education staff to seek out programs that might interest senior adults, and promote them more extensively. This fall's lineup of workshops is one of the results, Mr. Chaya said.

    Mr. Chaya, who is responsible for planning and organizing a wide variety of continuing education activities, told the Board that his role is to serve as a "facilitator" for senior citizen programs at Genesee. "We have many wonderful classes, workshops, and events that are of special interest to the senior community," he said. "Over the coming year, I plan to invite our faculty and staff to keep senior adults in mind as they plan their events and programs. And I will work with them to keep the community aware of the many activities that interest seniors."

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