CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University will host its 36th annual gerontology conference April 11-12, drawing geriatric experts from around the country who will present more than 40 educational workshops for health and human service professionals and the public.

Topics will include nutrition, dementia, diabetes, health care law, medications, hospice, Parkinson's disease and alternative medicine.

Author and former social worker Wendy Lustbader will give the keynote speech at noon on the opening day. She teaches at the University of Washington and lectures nationally on chronic illness, aging and the needs of family caregivers. She co-authored "Taking Care of Aging Family Members" and wrote "Counting on Kindness: The Dilemmas of Dependency."

Albert Starr, a Portland surgeon who co-invented and implanted the world's first successful artificial heart valve, will be the keynote speaker at noon on the second day. Starr is a special adviser to the dean of medicine and the president at Oregon Health & Science University.

To register for the conference, go to or call 541-737-9300. Attendees can also register at the door. Cost is $105 for one day and $195 for both days for those who sign up on or before April 5. The on-site registration fee is $130 for one day and $220 for two days. Discounts are offered for students, OSU employees and members of the OSU Retirement Association. Continuing education units are available for nurses, pharmacists, social workers, adult home care providers and nursing home and assisted living administrators.

The conference will take place at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. The event is presented in part by the OSU Extension Service.

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Sunita Vasdev, 541-737-2261