Uluslararası Sosyal ve Uygulamalı Gerontoloji Sempozyumu

OCTOBER 15-17, 2014
Venue: Akdeniz University, Antalya / Turkey
Host: Department of Gerontology

Symposium Theme: Aging & Caregiving in the 21st Century: Implications for Research, Policy, Education & Programming

The Planning Secretariat from the Department of Gerontology decided that the theme for the 2014 Symposium “Aging and Caregiving” needs to be:

• Inclusive of diverse groups and interests,
• Reflective of a range of issues and priorities relating to aged care, and
• Committed to addressing “ human rights” in ways that are tangible and relevant for both caregivers and aged care recipients.

In the face of current and projected demographic trends there will be enormous challenges across the world to meet unprecedented demands and challenges in respect to a myriad of ageing related issues. Of primary concern will be the need to provide a better future for the coming cohorts of older people. In particular, caregiving is now a multidimensional reality in need of clarification that will allow for new interpretations and understandings that recognize the diversity within and between older population groups. This Sixth International Social and Applied Gerontology Symposium aims to place the notion of caregiving in a wider framework that allows for the value added impact of research, policy, education and programming that either directly or indirectly supports both informal and formal caregivers who are engaged in caregiving of dependent older people. In a very important way it is now becoming quite clear that more attention and focus is needed to promote a wider recognition and value attachment to unpaid informal care throughout the world, including Turkey.

Topics and themes considered important for providing a valuable stimulus for collegial discussion and improved understandings of caregiving in the 21st century include but are not limited to:

• Culture, ethnicity and caregiving.
• Legal, policy and financial issues.
• The role of migrant care workers in ageing societies.
• Promoting self-care strategies for carers and helpers.
• Contemporary practices in palliative home care of older adults.
• Hospice a key component of end of life caregiving.
• Changing roles of family and community in an ageing society.
• The impact of migration on the level of intergenerational care and support .
• Modernization and the impact on caregiving.
• Aged care management programs in higher education.
• Education and training of health care professionals and allied support.
• The challenge of translating research into practice.
• Caregiving for persons with developmental disabilities, Alzheimer’s Disease.
• The place of health promotion within a caregiving framework.
• Caregiving (informal & formal) as a public health priority.
• Future directions in practice, theory and research.
• Global trends in caregiver demand.
• Exploring creative solutions to support caregivers.
• Placing volunteerism in a caregiving framework.
• Understanding older people’s loss, grief and quality of life.

Note: All communications should be sent to the following e-mail address: gerosymp@gmail.com

The Symposium has several but distinct desired objectives that include:
a) To highlight the challenges and opportunities that will confront researchers, practitioners, families and policy makers including the models and interventions considered best for serving the needs of those involved in informal and formal caregiving including care dependent recipients
b) To address the obvious but frequently neglected fact that “How a society cares for its older people, particularly those made vulnerable by the passage of time, tells much about the values and overall moral well-being of that society”
c) To confront and seek realistic solutions to questions such as – How should the health care workforce of the future be educated, trained and supported to deliver efficient, affordable and high quality aged care ? and – What type of strategies and policy initiatives will be required to strengthen the recruitment and retention of an aged care workforce for both the immediate and long term future?

Dr. Ozgur Arun, Chair
Dr. Jason Holdsworth, Vice Chair
Dr. Ikuko Murakami, Vice Chair


Prof. Dr. Terence Seedsman – Victoria University (Australia) Emeritus Faculty Member
Prof. Dr. Ismail Tufan – Akdeniz University, Department of Gerontology (Turkey) Faculty Member


Prof. Dr. Hiroko Akiyama – The University of Tokyo (Japan) Faculty Member
Prof. Dr. Toni Antonucci – University of Michigan (U.S.A.) Faculty Member
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ozgur Arun – Akdeniz University, Department of Gerontology (Turkey) Faculty Member
Prof. Dr. Sabine Bartholomeyczik – Witten / Herdecke University (Germany) Faculty Member
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Patricia Brownell – Fordham University (U.S.A.)Emeritus Faculty Member
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Erkan Caliskan – Akdeniz University, Department of Physical Education and Sports (Turkey) Faculty Member
Prof. Dr. Veli Duyan – Ankara University, Faculty Member
Prof. Dr. Rolf G. Heinze – Ruhr University, Bochum (Germany) Faculty Member
Dr. Josef Hilbert – University of Duisburg – Essen (Germany) Faculty Member
Dr. Jason Holdsworth – Akdeniz University, Department of Gerontology (Turkey) Faculty Member
Prof. Dr. Jurgen Howe – Braunschweig University of Technology (Germany) Faculty Member
Prof. Dr. Thomas Klie – Rostock University (Germany) Faculty Member
Dr. Mehmet Akif Kilic – Akdeniz University, Department of Biology, Faculty Member
Prof. Dr. Israfil Kurtcephe – Akdeniz University, Rector of Akdeniz University
Dr. Giovanni Lamura – Italian National Institute of Health and Science on Aging, Researcher
Prof. Dr. Ariela Lowenstein – Haifa University (Israel) Faculty Member
Prof. Dr. Terry L. Mills – Morehouse College (U.S.A.) Faculty Member
Dr. Ikuko Murakami- Akdeniz University, Department of Gerontology (Turkey) Faculty Member
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Naegele – Techincal University of Dortmund (Germany) Emeritus faculty Member
Prof. Dr. Yildiray Ozbek – Akdeniz University, Dean of Faculty of Arts
Bridget Penhale, MSW – The University of Sheffield (United Kingdom) Faculty Member
Prof. Dr. Karen Roberta – Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (U.S.A.) Faculty Member
Prof. Dr. Roland Ruprecht – University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany) Faculty Member
Prof. Dr. Terence Seedsman – Victoria University (Melbourne, Australia) Emeritus Faculty Member
Prof. Dr. Dena Shenk – The University of North Carolina Charlotte (U.S.A.) Faculty Member
Prof. Dr. Nina Silverstein – University of Massachusetts Boston (U.S.A.) Faculty Member
Susan Sommers, JD – Secretary General of International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
Prof. Dr. Ismail Tufan- Akdeniz University, Department of Gerontology (Turkey) Faculty Member
Prof. Dr. Bei Wu – Duke University (U.S.A.) Faculty Member
Prof. Dr. Myrra Vernooij – Dassen – Nijmegen Alzheimer Centre (Holland)
Prof. Dr. John Vincent – University of Exeter (United Kingdom) Faculty Member
Assist. Prof. Dr. Turkan Yilmaz – Akdeniz University, Department of Gerontology (Turkey) Faculty Member

Note: All communications should be sent to the following e-mail address: gerosymp@gmail.com

Sempozyum Sekreteryası

Adres: Gerontoloji, Akdeniz Üniversitesi, 07058, Kampüs / Antalya, TÜRKİYE Bölümü
E-posta: gerosymp@gmail.com
Tel: +90 (242) 227 44 00 (dahili-4183)


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