Chicago, IL- February 23, 2005- Ten Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging Experts will present 15 sessions on research, programs and innovative new tools to healthcare professionals in the field of Aging at the 2005 ASA-NCOA Conference. The American Society on Aging (ASA) and the National Council on the Aging (NCOA) are again presenting their annual conferences jointly to health care professionals in the field of Aging. The presentations focus on assessing and new tools to deal with the new Culture of Aging.

The Changing Face of Aging is the theme of this year’s conference, which will be held March 10 to March 13 in Philadelphia , with pre-conference events to take place on Wednesday is increasingly becoming Mather LifeWays’ major areas of focus. Additionally, a host of. This year’s conference will feature over 800 sessions covering a diverse range of topics in aging. It will showcase innovative programs, foster policy discussion and advocacy, and share cutting-edge research findings. Over 4,000 ASA and NCOA members and other professionals will come to Philadelphia to network with colleagues and attend sessions.

Presentation to be given by Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging experts span across the fields of aging healthcare, from the LEAP Program created and initiated by Mather Pavilion, several presentations on Dementia Care, Continuing Care Retirement Communities, which differ from other retirement options by providing a continuum of homes, services and health care all on one campus. A member’s active, independent lifestyle is enhanced by access to a wide variety of services and amenities, yet a full continuum of care of available on-site with priority access to assisted living and skilled nursing care, should it ever be needed. Culture and Communication with elders, research obstacles, changing the heart and face of residential care,

Speakers from Mather LifeWays are William Keane, MS, MBA, Director of Special Projects; Perry Edelman, MS, Director of Outcomes Reaserch; Daniel Kuhn, MSW, Director of Education; Paula J. Fenza, MA, Grants Manager; Bradley R. Fulton, PhD, Senior Research Associate; Susan Rothas, RN, BSN, Project Coordinator; Carla Windhorst, Vice President Community and Initiatives; Linda Hollinger-Smith, PhD, Director of Research; Nicole Batsch, Project Coordinator; David Lindeman, PhD, Vice President, Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging.

Members of the media are invited to visit our online media center . Many of the policy, research and practice developments in the field of aging presented at the Joint Conference are newsworthy in their own right or provide the basis for in-depth feature reporting on aging-related issues. Resources for covering the conference will be available before as well as during the events.

Or more accurately, it’s quickly becoming a sea of faces, whose diversity is both exuberant and daunting. The spectrum of cultures, ethnicities, abilities, values, experiences, and needs represented by this group-spanning from age 50 to beyond 100 years-is unlike anything we’ve ever seen in our history.

As current social, political, and economic forces intersect a burgeoning medical and technological revolution, what will the face of aging look like?

Who is Mather LifeWays?

Mather LifeWays is a 50+-year-old, not-for-profit organization committed to helping older adults age well. Mather LifeWays demonstrates its commitment to promoting the vitality and well-being of older adults by providing a variety of experiences and services to meet this diverse group’s lifestyle preferences. These offerings include senior living communities, Institute on Aging, and community programs. Mather LifeWays’ senior living communities offer choices and flexibility, from independent living to assisted living and skilled care. The Institute on Aging plays a leading role in enhancing the lives of older adults in today’s society through numerous collaborative and applied research and education projects. Mather LifeWays’ Community Initiatives programs, including the successful Mather’s – More Than a CafĂ© concept, enable Mather LifeWays to act as a point of contact for older adults who seek access to community resources. These accomplishments, and more, make Mather LifeWays unique in its goal to advance the possibilities for a lifetime of active living. The organization is based in Evanston , Ill. More information is available at www.matherlifeways.com .