Renowned Gerontologist to Speak at ‘Aging Successfully: Choices that Count’ Conference


Courtesy of SEMO News BureauDr. John Morley, an internationally recognized expert in gerontology, will be the keynote speaker at the “Aging Successfully: Choices that Count” conference on Nov. 6 in Cape Girardeau.

Morley is the director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and the director of Geriatric Medicine, both at Saint Louis University,  and the director of Endocrinology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. He will present the keynote address, “Aging Successfully,” at 4:30 p.m.

The conference will be held at the Isle Casino Cape Girardeau Conference Center from 11 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. The conference is free to attend, but registration is required. To register, call Gail Babers at (573) 335-3331 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The conference is sponsored by Southeast Missouri State University, Saint Louis University, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and Isle Casino Cape Girardeau.

“Aging is a universal experience that results in significant changes that impact all aspects of a person’s life,” said Desma Reno, conference co-chair and assistant professor at Southeast Missouri State University. “By attending this conference the participants will have a better understanding about how ‘successful or active aging’ will maximize independence and function as the person grows older.”

Speakers at the conference will address health and wellness issues in the older adult population. Topics to be discussed include current treatment modalities surrounding the care of older adults, resources to improve overall health and wellness for older adults, and maintenance and management of chronic disease in elderly patients. Participants will discuss new concepts they learn and how they can apply them in the clinical practice and community setting for care of older adults.

Registration and exhibits will begin at 11 a.m. From 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m., Dr. Brenda Johnson, associate professor in the Department of Nursing at Southeast Missouri State University, will present “Being a Caregiver Advocate: Navigating the Health Care System” and Kelly Pujol, a Board Certified music therapist, will present  “Music Therapy and the Older Adult.”

From 2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m., Julie Metzger, director of case management/social services at SoutheastHEALTH, will deliver “Caregiving for the Caregiver.” Raina Childers, director of nutritional services for SoutheastHEALTH’s Health Point Plaza, will present  “What’s the Same, What’s New and What’s Confusing. A Nutrition Update for Seniors.”

From 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. participants will have the opportunity to visit exhibits and network with other participants.

From 3:30 p.m. to 4:20 p.m., Dr. Joyce Griffin, community liaison/educator for Center Pointe Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, will speak on “Addictions Without Drugs” and Dr. Jeremy Barnes, professor of health promotion at Southeast Missouri State University, will discuss  “Exercise and the Elderly.”

Morley, the keynote speaker, is an internationally recognized expert in Alzheimer’s disease (AD), nutrition and general aging issues. Morley is the recipient of multiple national awards for his leadership in geriatrics, including the Marsha Goodwin-Beck Interdisciplinary Award for Excellence in Geriatric Leadership, the Gerontological Society of America’s Freeman Award for lifelong achievement in geriatric clinical care, and the American Geriatrics Society’s Nascher/Manning Award for lifelong achievement in clinical geriatrics.

He is the coauthor of the book, “The Science of Staying Young,” and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, London Times, Los Angeles Times, the “Today Show,” NPR’s “Talk of the Nation,” WebMD, Woman’s Day, O – the Oprah Magazine, Ladies’ Home Journal, More, and for his work with AD, caring for caregivers and staying mentally sharp.

VIA - Southeast Missouri University News Bureau

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