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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

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News Bureau Schofield Hall 201 Eau Claire, WI 54702
phone: (715) 836-4741
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Summit on Issues Faced by Aging Workforce
Offered in Eau Claire May 22 

MAILED: May 16, 2002

         EAU CLAIRE  The Western Wisconsin Regional Geriatric Education Center, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Continuing Education and UW-Extension are presenting Aging Summit II, "Aging and Opportunities: Strengthening Business As Our Population Ages," 8:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center, Eau Claire.
         This conference will explore the dynamic impact of the older worker and of the working caregiver in America. Speakers will examine the contributions and challenges of this workforce and discuss the implications to employers and employees providing care to a spouse or aging parents. Business and education leaders from the Chippewa Valley are invited to attend, along with representatives from area agencies that are providing services to the older population. An objective of the summit is to begin a discussion about building a plan for working together as a community to address the issues of the aging workforce.
         Chancellor Donald Mash of UW-Eau Claire, Dr. John Wesolek, dean of the College of Human Development at UW-Stout, Keith Glasshof, retired president of Ayres Associates, and Doug Olson of Western Wisconsin Regional Geriatric Education Center will welcome participants and provide an overview of the day.
         Speakers for the day include Beverly Gehrke, regional labor market analyst with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development; and Donna Spranger, senior training consultant at Elder Education Resources of Southern Minnesota.
         Representatives from various businesses, who have begun to recognize the impact of the aging population on their workforce and can describe how they have approached this issue at their place of employment, will be a part of a panel discussion. Panelists are from CVS Pharmacy in Ohio, Health Works - Luther/Midelfort, Pleasant Company, and Land's End.
         There is no fee for this program and lunch is provided. The summit is made possible by financial assistance from Western Wisconsin Regional Geriatric Center, AgeAdvantAge, Inc., and University of Wisconsin Continuing Education.
         For more information or to reserve a place at this summit, call (715) 836-3990 or toll free 1-(866) UWEC4CE, send e-mail to brandtd@uwec.edu or register at www.uwec.edu/ce/Descriptions/agesum.htm.
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Judy Berthiaume
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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(715) 836-4741
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Updated: May 16, 2002