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January 5, 2000

Media Contact: Barb Chamberlain, 509/358-7527, chamberlain@wsu.edu
Story Source: Linda Massey, 509/358-7621, massey@wsu.edu

Certificate in Aging to be Offered at WSU Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A new multidisciplinary graduate certificate in aging will be offered at Washington State University Spokane beginning spring semester 2000. It is the first official graduate certificate to be granted by the university.

The certificate is designed to provide a foundation in aging issues for health, mental health and social service professionals working with older adults, and individuals interested in learning more about older adults.

Course content addresses biology, nutrition, pharmacy, psychology, psychosocial issues, legal issues and other areas. The first course to be offered is "Introduction to Aging: Biological and Psychosocial Aspects." Classes begin the week of Jan. 10.

For more information on the certificate and other programs at WSU Spokane, contact Student Services at 509/358-7534 or enroll@wsu.edu.

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Background facts on the aging population:
-- The U.S. Census projects the number of Americans age 65+ will double, to 70 million by 2030.

-- Geriatric/gerontological fields are expected to grow by more than 35 percent through 2006.

-- The Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks these among the most rapidly growing employment areas.

-- Demand for services will expand with the demographic "bulge" as the Baby Boomer generation grows older.


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