Dr. Pat Wilkerson was selected as a participant in the Institute on Aging and Social Work held at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota July 13-20, 2008. Dr. Wilkerson, along with 14 faculty members from other colleges and universities was selected to participate in the program from a large pool of applicants from across the country. This program is supported by the National Institute on Aging, NIH Office of Behavioral and Science Research, National Institutes of Health, and the Hartford Foundation. It is co-directed by Barbara Berkman of Columbia University and Chandra Mehrotra of the College of Scholastica.
The over arching goal of the program is to build and sustain a community of college faculty committed to developing an active research agenda in aging. Program design includes the initial institute, ongoing consultation during the academic year, a mid-year meeting in February and a follow-up institute next summer. The follow-up meetings will provide participants with an opportunity to share the drafts of their research proposals with each other and with distinguished visiting faculty.
Dr. Pat Wilkerson and Dr. LaVerne Bell-Tolliver’s abstract was accepted for the 2008 Annual Program Meeting (APM). The APM is scheduled to be held October 30-November 2 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The abstract, entitled “A Good Fit: Afrocentric Paradigm, Spirituality, and Elderly African Americans’ Life Satisfaction has been accepted as a PAPER SESSION in the Gero-Ed (Aging and Gerontology) track.