CORVALLIS - Oregon State University's 23rd annual gerontology conference is scheduled for April 13-14 at the LaSells Stewart Center in Corvallis.

The conference is intended for professionals in the field, including community service providers, primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, nursing facility staff, social workers, psychologists, foster care providers, and others who work with older adults.

Presentations at the conference will explore ways to enhance the quality of life for the elderly, according to Sally Bowman, Oregon State University Extension family development specialist.

There are two keynote speakers. Richard Schulz, director of gerontology at the University of Pittsburgh, opens the conference with a talk on "Do Depressed Older Persons Die Prematurely? Links Among Depression, Health, and Mortality." On April 14, Karen Lyman, coordinator of gerontology at Chafey College in Alta Loma, California, will speak on "Receiving Care: Living with Dementia and Dependence."

The conference also features 48 concurrent sessions, including a special series of presentations for adult foster care providers. Other sessions focus on mental health issues, activities for older adults, aging veterans, and ethical issues in long-term care. Also of note are two sessions on serving Hispanic seniors.

Registration for the conference is $99 if received by March 30, $119 after that date. Reduced rates are available for those who want to attend only one day. For students, the registration fee is $49. Continuing education credits are available for an additional fee.

Registration forms and information about the conference are available from county offices of the OSU Extension Service or from Pat Mohr, conference coordinator, 100 LaSells Stewart Center, Corvallis, Ore. 97331-3101, telephone 541-737-6443.

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Sally Bowman, 541-737-1020