NEWS ADVISORY: A New Women’s Issue? Aging Gracefully

Aging gracefully and other issues could become a new chapter in the women’s movement around the world. They will be explored Friday afternoon and all day Saturday, September 24 and 25, at an international conference of experts in New York City at Pace University’s downtown campus just east of City Hall, entrance on Spruce Street.

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Contact: Cara Cea, ccea@pace.edu, 914-906-9680

A NEW WOMEN’S ISSUE? AGING GRACEFULLY IN THE 21ST CENTURY

PACE UNIVERSITY PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT IS SPONSORING AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE EXPLORING NEW CHALLENGES TO “AGE GRACEFULLY” FRIDAY, SEPT. 24 AND SATURDAY, SEPT. 25

Co-Sponsorship with New York Academy of Sciences, and New York State Psychological Association – Academic Division, Division of Women’s Issues, and Division of Independent Practice

NEW YORK, September 20, 2010 — Well-educated women in mid-life and older are vigorously redefining what it means to “age gracefully.” But with that comes new pressures and challenges not easily met.

What about women who don’t fit the new stereotypes? What about women too poor to age gracefully?

Those issues could become a new chapter in the women’s movement around the world. They will be explored Friday afternoon and all day Saturday, September 24 and 25, at an international conference of experts in New York City at Pace University’s downtown campus just east of City Hall, entrance on Spruce Street.

The opening session begins Friday at 4:30pm; Saturday’s sessions run 9:00am – 5:00pm.  Registration is through www.nyas.org (212.298.8600). The conference is open to the public. Non-members pay $25; students pay $20. Media admission by press pass.

“Can’t Have it All”

The organizers are two psychologists from Pace University, Florence Denmark, Ph.D., Distinguished Research Professor and Mercedes A. McCormick, Ph.D., Coordinator of MA program in General psychology; and psychologists Joan Chrisler, Ph.D.,  from Connecticut College and Varda Muhlbauer, Ph.D., Netanya Academic College in Israel. They will make presentations, along with scholars from institutions that include Harvard and NYU Medical Schools, the Universities of the West Indies, Lisbon, and British Columbia; the Borough of Manhattan Community College and the University of Pittsburgh. The complete list and schedule is at www.nyas.org psychology section.

Co-organizer Florence Denmark is a professor of psychology emerita at Pace who is one of the pioneers in defining the psychology of women.

The presentations will begin with “Can’t Have it All: Representations of Midlife Women in Popular Culture” and an analysis of news coverage of women who become mothers in midlife and of “The benefits – and costs – of Internet use for aging women.”

Later presentations will move on to attitudes toward cosmetic procedures and plastic surgery, take up the question of whether age is “the new status symbol,” and the impact of “myths” about older women “that negatively impact independence, health and a sense of self-worth.”

“Retiring but not shy.”

Saturday afternoon will include discussions of midlife change and psychological development as the foundation for healthy aging, stereotypes in health care decisions, aging women in Jamaica, Costa Rica and Portugal, violence against older women, older women as leaders and mentors.

A pair of presentations will discuss the competing demands of older women’s “leadership” versus “retirement” and what it means to be “retiring but not shy.”

An opportunity to discuss issues with the audience will be provided each day. This is a “coming of age” conference designed to explore new territory.

Professional education at Pace University

Since 1906, Pace University has offered professional education that combines liberal arts with practical experience and the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York. It enrolls more than 13,500 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, Lubin School of Business, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

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