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April 11, 2003

Longevity Fair offers a new look at “the golden years”

With all of the advances in health care during the past decade, it’s no wonder that studies estimate the number of Americans older than 60 will increase by nearly 50 percent in the next decade, forcing many seniors and their caregivers to redefine they way they look at “the golden years.”

California State University, Sacramento’s 2nd annual Longevity Fair from
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, May 14 in the University Union Ballroom will offer the latest information on community services for the aging and their caregivers.

The Longevity Fair will feature keynote speaker Helen Klein, a dynamic, 80-year-old ultra-marathon runner who hails from the Sacramento area. Klein holds U.S. and world records in a variety of long distance running categories for her age group. Her inspirational talk, scheduled for 10 a.m., is entitled, “Just Do It: From Nursing Shoes to Running Shoes.”

Concurrent program sessions will be held throughout the day featuring information on healthy living, legal issues facing the elderly and lifelong learning for seniors. The Longevity Fair will also include exhibits offering information on services provided by community organizations, as well as residential complexes and other segments of the private sector serving the aging population.

“We are very excited to provide this opportunity for a multi-generational community event, and we hope everyone will find it informative and fun,” says Cheryl Osborne, director of the CSUS gerontology department.

The Longevity Fair is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is preferred. Lunch will be available for $6 for pre-registered attendees, or $12 at the door. Parking is available by obtaining a parking permit at the information booths located at each end of the campus. Passenger drop-off and pick-up is available in the loading zones in front of the University Union building.

For more information about the Longevity Faire, please call the gerontology department at (916) 278-7163. Media assistance is available by contacting the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.

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