Elder Law Clinic co-sponsors ‘Aging Re-Imagined’ symposium on March 17-18

Wake Forest Law’s Elder Law Clinic, led by Professor Kate Mewhinney, is co-sponsoring the “Aging Re-Imagined,” symposium on March 17-18 in different locations around the Wake Forest University campus.

According to organizers, Wake Forest’s Reynolda and School of Medicine campuses have been working together for more than a year to create this symposium, which will address the topic of aging in the current society. Leading scholars, artists, medical professionals and researchers whose work focuses on this vital, intersectional topic will share their insight on four key ideas that inform how we age, and how we think and feel about aging: Mobility, Mind (including memory), Mortality and Meaning.

S. Jay Olshansky, an aging expert whose research focuses on the upper limits of the human life span, will speak at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, in Broyhill Auditorium located in Farrell Hall as part of the Wake Forest University’s Voices of Our Time speaker series. Voices of Our Time is a guest speaker series that exposes students, the Wake Forest community and the general public to some of the world’s leading thinkers — including scholars, scientists, writers, business and public policy leaders, activists and religious leaders — for discussions about timely national and international issues, according to Wake Forest University organizers.

“Olshansky’s address and the symposium highlight the intersection of important work on the subject of aging that translates across our campus to the School of Medicine,” said Wake Forest President Nathan O Hatch.

The symposium begins Thursday at 4 p.m. with a presentation followed by a Q&A with Liz Lerman, a famed choreographer known for her work with multi-generational ensembles to dispel the idea that dance is only for youth. Following the keynote by Olshansky at 6 p.m., the aging symposium resumes on Friday, March 18, at Bridger Field House with a full schedule of speakers and presentations, according to organizers.

The event is free but registration is required in advance. Participants can register here. Registration includes admission to all conference sessions, plus a reception on Thursday evening, a light breakfast, a boxed lunch and a reception on Friday. Faculty, staff, students and members of the Winston-Salem community are all welcome to attend.

The following speakers will also be presenting:

Louise Aronson, MD, MFA, University of California-San Francisco. Chief of Geriatrics Education, Directs the Optimizing Aging Program and cares for patients through the Care at Home Program.

Liz Lerman, Choreographer and Founder of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange.

Charles P. Sabatino, JD. Director of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Law and Aging, in Washington, D.C.

Michael Rossato-Bennett, Writer, Director and Producer of ALIVE INSIDE – winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for U.S. Documentary.

The Office of the President, The Provost’s Fund for Academic Excellence, The Translational Science Center, The Center for Bioethics Health & Society, IPLACe, The Humanities Institute, THRIVE, the Departments of Physics and Health & Exercise Science and the Sticht Center on Aging at Wake Forest School of Medicine are also sponsoring the interdisciplinary symposium.

The Elder Law Clinic allows students to get practical experience under the supervision of Mewhinney. During the school year, the Clinic provides free legal services to the community in Forsyth and surrounding counties.  To be a client of the Elder Law Clinic, a person must be at least age 60.  Also, they must have an income of less than $1,800 per month for a household of one, and less than $2,400 per month for a household of two. Applications are available here.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Reitz at (336) 758-4256 or reitzsct@wfu.edu

The symposium was previewed in an article in the Winston-Salem Journal entitled, “WFU holding multi-discipline symposium on aging.