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For Immediate Release
January 30, 2017

IPFW Panel to Discuss Elder Care in Northeast Indiana

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—A panel discussion at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) will explore the ways in which we care for the elderly, Tuesday, January 31, at 7:30 p.m. in the Walb Student Union Classic Ballroom. This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the IPFW Institute for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Endeavors as part of their University Community Conversation (UC2) series. Panel members include:

  • Elliott Blumenthal, associate professor of biology
  • Suzanne Rumsey, associate professor of English
  • Nila Reimer, assistant professor of nursing
  • Beth Kaskel, clinical associate professor of nursing
  • Keith Huffman, Attorney specializing in elder law

The panel will be moderated by Abe Schwab, associate professor of philosophy.

Seniors aged 65 or older comprise between 13% and 18% of the population of the counties in northeast Indiana, slightly above the overall proportion of the statewide population. By 2030, that number is expected in increase dramatically, having real effects on economic and public policy, healthcare, cultural institutions, and more.

This panel will ask questions such as:

  • What does it mean to age?
  • What needs to the elderly have?
  • How do we and should we care for the elderly in our region?

These questions and more will be answered through the perspectives of the panelists, whose expertise ranges from health sciences to the humanities and law.

For more information, please visit the Facebook page @UC2ipfw or contact Stephen Buttes, assistant professor of Spanish, at 260-481-6630 or