Upcoming Event


Successful Aging within Changing Environments:  Older Adults as One of Our Greatest Natural Resources

with Dr. Lisa Hollis-Sawyer

May 14th, 2014

Doors open 6:30 p.m., program at 7:00 p.m

Portland State University Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 236


The world’s population is aging, with older adults representing an ever larger percentage of the total population. According to the United Nations, the number of older persons has tripled over the last 50 years. Over the first half of the 21st century, the number of adults worldwide aged 60 and above is projected to triple again, to a total of 2 billion. What are the socio-economic implications, and potential impact on sustainability and the environment, of this demographic shift?

Also included will be a discussion on societal attitudes and potential biases toward aging, and the need for a change in the perception of older adults in the U.S. and abroad.

Please join Dr. Hollis-Sawyer for a conversation about how this new demographic reality will impact our world.

About Dr. Hollis-Sawyer:

Dr. Lisa Hollis-Sawyer, a noted expert on aging, is the co-author of Intersections of Aging, an interdisciplinary anthology that explores the diversity of experiences in aging—integrating ethnic, gender, economic status, sexual orientation, and historical variations.  She  is an Associate Professor of Psychology, and Gerontology Program Coordinator, at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, Illinois.


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