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Loyola University Chicago and Rush University Medical Center Co-Sponsor Summer Institute of Aging
Four-Day Program to Benefit Attendees Working on Behalf of the Elderly and Their Families

CHICAGO, August 9, 2006–Loyola University Chicago’s schools of Law and Social Work are hosting the 2nd annual Summer Institute on Aging from August 14-17, 2006. This year Loyola is partnering with the Rush University Medical Center to present the program series, “Long Term Care: Issues and Options,” which will be held at Loyola’s Water Tower Campus.

This inter-professional, case-based course will bring together experts on long-term care and students and professionals from law and social work to bridge the gaps in knowledge between these fields. Registration options include half-day sessions, single-day sessions, or the entire four-day institute.

Loyola’s law and social work faculty, along with staff from Rush University Medical Center, developed the curriculum for the institute and will facilitate the four-day program. The series is designed for professionals working with the elderly and their families, including social workers, nurses, counselors, geriatric care managers, case managers, and attorneys, and for Loyola law and graduate social work students. This course will enhance professionals’ ability to counsel clients on a range of long term care options and issues and to communicate with professionals from other disciplines. Continuing education credit will be available for social workers and lawyers.

“The last decade has seen tremendous growth in interest regarding the long term care needs of the elderly,” says Robyn L. Golden, LCSW, director of Older Adult Programs, Rush University Medical Center. “Joining forces with Loyola and creating this program is an important step for addressing these issues at this critical juncture.”

“The goal of the collaboration with Rush University Medical Center in adopting this inter-professional approach is to build community and strengthen the ability of law and social work professionals to work together,” says Marguerite Angelari, Goedert Elder Law professor and director, Elder Law Initiative of the Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy, Loyola’s School of Law. “During the program, attendees will explore the legal, policy, psychosocial, and ethical issues related to long-term care, taking into account racial, ethnic, and income differences among the elderly.”

In today’s society, there is a significant need for professionals who understand long-term issues and options and this need will only continue to grow, as the statistics below show.

-Currently, about 1.6 million people reside in 17,000 nursing homes in the United States.

-The number of Americans 65 and older is expected to nearly double from 34.6 million in 1999 to 82 million in 2050, according to U.S. Census projections. During that same period, the percentage of elderly people in the U.S. is projected to grow from 13 percent to 20 percent.

-The total number of nursing-home residents is expected to quadruple from the current 1.6 million to 6.6 million by 2050, according to the American Health Care Association.

-The number of elderly Americans needing various forms of long-term care is projected to double to nearly 14 million in 30 years.

About Rush University Medical Center
Rush University Medical Center is an academic medical center that encompasses the 600 staffed-bed hospital (including Rush Children’s Hospital), the Johnston R. Bowman Health Center, and Rush University. Rush University, with more than 1,270 students, is home to one of the first medical schools in the Midwest, and one of the nation’s top-ranked nursing colleges. Rush University also offers graduate programs in allied health and the basic sciences. Rush is noted for bringing together clinical care and research to address major health problems, including arthritis and orthopedic disorders, cancer, heart disease, mental illness, neurological disorders, and diseases associated with aging.

About Rush University Medical Center’s Geriatrics Program
Rush University Medical Center offers a geriatrics program that is consistently ranked as one of the best in the nation. At Rush, geriatricians (primary care physicians who specialize in treating older adults) coordinate the many different services people need to lead healthier, more fulfilling lives as they age. The Rush Geriatric Interdisciplinary Team Training Program (GITT) is one of the few programs in the United States offering interdisciplinary educational experiences for trainees in advanced clinical training programs. In addition to treating disease and working to prevent disability, specialists work closely with older adults and their families to help maintain health, independence, and active lifestyles for as long as possible. Services include the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center, the Institute for Healthy Aging, the Anne Byron Waud Resource Center, and the Johnston R. Bowman Health Center, a post hospital inpatient recovery and rehabilitation program.

About Loyola University Chicago’s Schools of Social Work and Law
Loyola has the oldest school of social work (SSW) among all Catholic universities in North America, beginning in 1914 and enjoying continuous accreditation since 1921. It has been a major influence in the education and training of clinicians who have populated the profession both in Chicago and across the country. The SSW was also recently selected to participate in the Curriculum Devolvement Institute sponsored by the Hartford Foundation and Council for Social Work Education.

Loyola’s School of Law created the Elder Law Initiative in July 2000 in recognition of the growing needs for attorneys who have an understanding of elder law issues. The Elder Law Initiative includes the Elder Law Clinic, the Elder Law Seminar, and a variety of public education and public service projects. Loyola is the only law school in Chicago that offers specialized training in Elder Law, and the initiative is part of the Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy which is ranked 4th in the country among health law programs by U.S. News and World Report.

About Loyola University Chicago

Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is among the largest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 14,000 students, which includes 9,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 68 undergraduate majors, 77 master’s degrees, 36 doctoral degrees, and three professional degree programs. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education,U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” and “best values” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our web site at www.luc.edu.

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