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San Jacinto College
News Release
Friday, February 10, 2012

College to host gerontology-geriatrics symposium

HOUSTON – San Jacinto College (SJC), the University of Houston-Downtown (UH-D), and Galena Park ISD are sponsoring a symposium that will focus on gerontology, an interdisciplinary field that includes people who provide health care and other services to elderly people.

The Symposium on Gerontology-Geriatrics Awareness and Education will be held on Friday, Feb. 24 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center of the SJC North Campus, located at 5800 Uvalde Road.

The symposium is designed for professionals who provide services for the elderly; people dealing with elderly family members; and students, especially those considering careers related to the elderly population.

Gerontology is a rapidly growing allied health profession that deals with the psychosocial, and cultural aspects of the aging process. It addresses common disease processes of aging and exploration of attitudes toward care of the elderly. SJC offers a geriatrics emphasis as part of the College’s Licensed Vocational Nursing programs at the North and South campuses.

“The baby boom generation is beginning to retire. Our society is not prepared to deal medically, economically, politically or socially with issues of concern to this demographic bubble of the elderly,” commented J. Greg Getz, UH-D sociology professor and grant coordinator for the event. “This means that new jobs will become available in many occupational fields that connect generally to issues related to our elderly population. Understanding the multidimensional process of aging is in all our interests.”

The keynote presentation will be “What Everyone Needs to Know about Aging Cells, Aging Organisms and Aging Societies” by Robert Rouse, director of the Texas Consortium Geriatric Education Center at the Huffington Center on Aging and an associate professor, geriatrics section, Baylor College of Medicine.

SJC professors who will give presentations at the symposium include:

• Philosophy professor Edwin Aiman, whose presentation will be “Philosophical Attitudes toward Aging.”

• Psychology professors Rose Mary Istre, Tammy Miller, and Darla Rocha, whose presentation will be “Aspects of Aging: Physical, Cognitive, Emotional and Psychological Dimensions.”

• Nursing professor Robbie Murphy, whose presentation will be “Aging Loved Ones: Elder Care 101.”

• Sociology professor Dr. James Semones, whose presentation will be “The Baby Boomer Bomb: Sociological Origins, Current Demographics, and Projected Trajectories.”

Advance registration is required as seating is limited. The cost is $20 for professional and community participants. Student admission is free (but students must register in advance). Check-in begins at 8 a.m. and refreshments will be available. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. with a welcome and introductions. For information or to register, please email, phone 281-998-6150 ext. 7341 or register online at

About San Jacinto College: Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.
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Photo: San Jacinto College (SJC) sociology professor Dr. James Semones will talk about demographic trends at the upcoming gerontology symposium. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing department.

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