Please be aware that the City of Westminster will be working on a road resurfacing project that will impact campus during the month of October. More information »

Understanding & Managing the Aging Process Conference

bigstock Senior Couple On Bicycles 39 16 9 15 () illustration


The 65+ age group is doubling in size and the 85+ age group is the fastest growing demographic in the country.  Misperceptions and sterotypes of aging are abundant and can negatively impact the quality of care provided to these age groups. The goal of this conference is to equip professionals providing/supervising the care of older adults with an enhanced understanding of the physical and psychological process of aging in an effort to improve the support provided to aging adults.

Conference Objectives:

  • Describe the physical changes that accompany aging
  • Describe the psychological (cognitive and emotional) changes that accompany aging
  • Identify factors related to physical well-being in later life
  • Identify factors related to psychological well-being in later life
  • Differentiate between age-related and disease-related changes in aging
  • Discuss impediments to providing quality care
  • Identify community resources to support quality care

Who Should Attend?

Physicians, nurses, CCRC/LTC/hospital staff, employees of agencies/bureaus on aging, social workers, counselors and substance abuse and mental health professionals.


Understanding & Managing the Aging Process

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
McDaniel College Forum

8:30 – 9:00 AM   Registration/Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:30 AM   Aging in the U.S.

  • Demographics
  • Current Views on Aging
  • Debunking Myths & Stereotypes

9:30 – 10:30   Physical Aging

  • Muscular/ skeletal system
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Pulmonary system
  • Gastrointestinal system
  • Urinary system
  • Integumentary (skin) system
  • Sensory Changes

10:30 – 10:45   Break

10:45 – 11:45   Health and Aging

  • Role of Exercise
  • Chronic Disease
  • The Frail Elder

11:45 – 12:45   LUNCH

12:45 – 1:20   Cognition in Later Life

  • Brain Physiology
  • Age-Dependent Changes in Cognition
  • Promoting Cognitive Function

1:20 – 2:25   Mental Health/Illness

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Addiction
  • Dementia

2:25 – 2:45   Providing Quality Care to Support the Aging Process

2:45 – 3:00   Conclusion and Evaluations


Alva S. Baker, MD, began caring for frail older patients in the long term care setting in 1972. He is a member of local, state and national medical societies. In addition to a number of other esteemed positions, Dr. Baker also serves on the Gerontology faculty at McDaniel College as the Director of The Center for the Study of Aging. Dr. Baker is board certified in Geriatrics and in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He has taught extensively about medical direction issues and continuous quality improvement to medical directors and staff at all levels in residential care facilities throughout the long term care continuum.

Diane Martin, Ph.D., joined McDaniel College in 2007 as the Academic Director of the Center for the Study of Aging and Visiting Assistant Professor of Gerontology. Dr. Martin frequently presents at local and regional conferences on topics related to memory & cognition in later life, ageism, mental health and aging, and intergenerational living/communication.


Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors and Psychologists in MD and PA and Certified Senior Advisors can earn 4.5 Category I CEUs for attending. If you wish to earn Category I CEUs for this event, please be sure to check "yes" to CEUs and select your appropriate occupation when prompted. If you are not in one of these professions, or do not wish to receive Category I CEUs, be sure to check "no" when prompted and you will skip over the rest of the CEU questions on the registration form.

After completing the registration, you will be automatically redirected to the online payment form. 

Click here to Register

Payment Instructions:

  1. If you aren't redirected to the payment form after completing the registration, you may access it by clicking here
  2. Type “CSA Aging” in the “Invoice #” line of the form
  3. If you are paying with someone else’s credit card or registering someone else with your credit card, add the attendees name in the “description” line
  4. Type your birth date in MM/DD/YY format in the “McDaniel Student ID” line of the form