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Shift Happens on NE addresses stereotypes among generations

By Ashely Klactt/reporter

Why do older people drive so slow? Why do young people talk so fast? Why don’t grandparents like to text, but that is all grandchildren want to do?

Because every age group faces its own challenges and stereotypes, gerontologists, like James Brooks, NE psychology professor, have made it their life’s work to find answers to questions such as these. Brooks has more than 35 years experience in various aspects of the field of gerontology, the study of aging and problems aging persons face.

The sociology/psychology department is partnering with the Senior Advisory Council to sponsor a gerontology symposium, titled Shift Happens, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 4 in NSTU Center Corner on NE Campus.

Brooks said the goal of the symposium is to develop cross-generational links between senior citizens who take continuing education courses and “traditional” students. He also said this event will provide a foundation for future cross-generational activities on NE Campus.

“Reaching across the generational gap has benefits for all parties involved,” Brooks said.

The day will begin with intergenerational activities aimed at furthering cross-generational interaction.

Students will be available to assist seniors with their smart phones, PDAs or other high-tech devices that might be challenging for them to learn to operate. In addition, interested seniors can partner with students to help them with their life goals.

The intergenerational activities will be followed by a presentation by Barbara Harty, gerontological nurse practitioner and assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of North Texas. Harty has coordinated studies on aging involving Alzheimer’s, osteoarthritis, epilepsy and diabetes.

A raffle will be held at noon for a chance to win $100, followed by an opportunity for seniors and students to continue their interaction.

The event will wrap up with Texas-style entertainment provided by the Texas Two-Step Dancers; Dr. Bruce McDonald, pianist and professor at Texas Wesleyan University; and banjo player Richard Sims.

Admission is free, but space is limited. Attendees are asked to bring their lunch as food will not be provided.

Contact Brooks at james.brooks@tccd.edu or student services at 817-515-6644 for additional information or to make a reservation.

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