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BSC Health Services Management Program Director to Lead Workshop at New Frontier in Aging Conference at WVU

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    Tuesday, April 09 2013
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu

(Bluefield)—Dr. Peggy Johnson, Director of Bluefield State College's Health Services Management Program will be a featured presenter at the New Frontier in Aging Conference at West Virginia University, June 6.

Dr. Johnson's topic, "Protecting the Elderly in Rural Areas During Disasters," will focus on helping those who deliver care to vulnerable older adults in rural communities during emergency and disaster situations.

"Some characteristics of older adults put them at greater risk of illness and death during many types of emergencies," Johnson noted. "Limitations like impaired mobility and diminished sensory awareness are often more prevalent in the frail elderly. Additionally, emergencies and disasters can disrupt vital support systems that older adults rely upon. This workshop will provide practical strategies for preparedness planning in rural communities."

Topics to be covered during the workshop include developing disaster plans in rural areas, building community partnerships, leveraging the influence of area agencies on aging, and using technology to plan for meeting the needs of older adults.

The New Frontier in Aging Conference is sponsored by the WVU Division of Social Work.