Top Ten Stressors for Older Americans Identified by Pace University Researchers

“Slowing down,” or simply feeling that you can no longer do things you used to do, is the number one most
reported stressor affecting the elderly. “Concern for world conditions” is the second most reported stress agent, and represents global concerns such as escalating terrorism and crime. Pace University Lienhard School of Nursing professors, Dr. Susan Gordon and Shirlee Stokes, studied healthy adults over the age of 65 who lived in non-hospital, community settings to determine what “stressed them out.”

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PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – “Slowing down,” or simply feeling that you
can no longer do things you used to do, is the number one most
reported stressor affecting the elderly. “Concern for world
conditions” is the second most reported stress agent, and
represents global concerns such as escalating terrorism
and crime. Pace University Lienhard School of Nursing
professors, Dr. Susan Gordon and Shirlee Stokes, studied
healthy adults over the age of 65 who lived in non-hospital,
community settings to determine what “stressed them out.”

The ten most common stressors experienced by the elderly,
according to the survey are:
1) Slowing Down
2) Concern for World Conditions
3) Decreasing Number of Friends or Losing Longtime Friends
4) Time with Children or Grandchildren Too Short
5) Change in Sleep Habits
6) Feeling of Remaining Time Too Short
7) Thinking About Own Death
8) Decreasing Mental Abilities (i.e., forgetting, difficulty
with decision-making, planning, etc.)
9) Being Away from Home Overnight or Longer (i.e., vacations,
visits, etc.)
10) Constant or Recurring Pain or Discomfort

Stokes states, “There is evidence that individuals with high stress levels
experience more illness and nursing prevention can be directed to reducting
stress or eliminating it to improve the overall health of the elderly.”
By identifying the causes of stress in the elderly, nurses can help reduce
them through both traditional means, including planning for activities of
daily living and talking, and also employ new alternative means such as
relaxation techniques and therapeutic touch.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York
City and Westchester County. Nearly 14,000 students are enrolled in
undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson
College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer
Science and Information Systems, School of Education, School of Law,
Lienhard School of Nursing and the World Trade Institute.

Lienhard Professor Receives New York State Nurses Association’s 1998 Nursing Service Administration Award

Toni G. Cesta, Ph.D., RN, has received the prestigious 1998
New York State Nurses Association Nursing Service Administration
Award given to those individuals who have made an outstanding
contribution to nursing service administration. Cesta is director
of the case management programs and adjunct professor of nursing at
Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing. She also is director
of case management at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in
New York City and health care consultant to organizations implementing
case management. She has designed, implemented and evaluated case
management delivery models in four New York City medical centers.
Cesta is the author of two American Journal of Nursing award-winning
textbooks on case management.

NEW YORK -Toni G. Cesta, Ph.D., RN, has received the prestigious 1998
New York State Nurses Association Nursing Service Administration
Award given to those individuals who have made an outstanding
contribution to nursing service administration. Cesta is director
of the case management programs and adjunct professor of nursing at
Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing. She also is director
of case management at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in
New York City and health care consultant to organizations implementing
case management. She has designed, implemented and evaluated case
management delivery models in four New York City medical centers.
Cesta is the author of two American Journal of Nursing award-winning
textbooks on case management.

Cesta’s clinical experience is vast and includes the examination of
innovative educational and practice models to ensure greater autonomy
for nursing in health care delivery and to improve quality of care.
She supports and encourages education to enhance nurses’ skill in
negotiation and advocacy, resource management, clinical competence
and leadership.

Cesta has presented her work at national and international nursing
conferences and has published numerous articles in scholarly
journals. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, Kappa Delta Pi,
and the New York State Nurses Association. Cesta states, “On the
brink of the new millenium, nurses are in a unique position to
foster care delivery models that are wellness-focused and health
promoting. Case managers in particular will play a key role in
designing, implementing and evaluating these future systems.”

Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in
New York City and Westchester County. Nearly 14,000 students are
enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs
in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business,
School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of
Education, School of Law, Lienhard School of Nursing and the World
Trade Institute.

Lienhard School of Nursing Establishes Student Award in Honor of Actor Christopher Reeve

Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing has established a student award in honor of actor Christopher Reeve. A benefit concert will be held in Willcox Hall on the University’s Pleasantville, N.Y., campus on Friday, April 17, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., with proceeds going toward the Christopher Reeve Nursing Award and the Christopher Reeve Foundation.

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PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing has established a student award in honor of actor Christopher Reeve. A benefit concert will be held in Willcox Hall on the University’s Pleasantville, N.Y., campus on Friday, April 17, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., with proceeds going toward the Christopher Reeve Nursing Award and the Christopher Reeve Foundation.

The Christopher Reeve Nursing Award will be presented to a graduating senior from the Lienhard School of Nursing, who demonstrates excellence in home care-community nursing, and who inspires both patients and colleagues. It will be awarded at the School’s annual recognition ceremony in May.

The concert is sponsored by the undergraduate nursing program and the Student Nurses at Pace University (S.N.A.P.). It will feature “Bill’s Band,” which will play a selection of hits from their CD “Basic Tracks.” The cost is $15. There will be a special check presentation to the Christopher Reeve Foundation.

The Christopher Reeve Foundation supports research leading to effective treatments and a cure for spinal cord injury paralysis, provides grants to local agencies which focus on the quality of life for the disabled, and serves as a source of information and advocacy for all disabled persons. The Christopher Reeve Foundation is a fundraising arm of the American Paralysis Association.

Christopher Reeve also will receive an honorary degree from Pace University during commencement on Wednesday, May 20 at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, N.Y., for his artistic achievement and dedication to people with disabilities.

Former Commissioner to Discuss the Future of Social Security

The Honorable Shirley S. Chater, former commissioner of the U.S. Social Security Administration, will discuss “The Future of Social Security in the U.S.A.” at 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 20, in the Moot Court Room, Gerber Glass Building on the White Plains campus. The presentation, sponsored by the Lienhard School of Nursing at Pace University, is free and open to the public.

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WHITE PLAINS, NY — The Honorable Shirley S. Chater, former commissioner of the U.S. Social Security Administration, will discuss “The Future of Social Security in the U.S.A.” at 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 20, in the Moot Court Room, Gerber Glass Building on the White Plains campus. The presentation, sponsored by the Lienhard School of Nursing at Pace University, is free and open to the public.

Dr. Chater is a Regents’ Professor at the University of California and has served as a professor in the department of social and behavioral sciences at the University of California San Francisco School of Nursing and the School of Education at UC Berkley. She is the former president of Texas Woman’s University and serv ed as commissioner of the Social Security Administration from 1993 to 1997.

She is active in numerous professional organizations, including serving as a member of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences; the American Academy of Nursing; a nd the National Academy of Public Administration.

Dr. Chater will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters during Pace University’s commencement on Tuesday, May 20 at 1:30 p.m. in White Plains, NY.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent University w ith campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Nearly 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information System s, School of Education, School of Law and Lienhard School of Nursing.

Tobacco and Public Health: Conference Addresses Legal Issues and Social Policy

In the first major public forum following the Liggett Group’s admission that cigarette smoking is addictive,
causes cancer and is targeted toward teenagers, Pace University School of Law will host a comprehensive two-day conference addressing legal issues surrounding tobacco use, regulation, public health and social policy on Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19. The conference will bring together competing views on many controversial issues, including: What are the implications of Liggett’s settlement with 22 state attorneys general? Should tobacco be regulated as a drug? Does the FDA have authority to regulate?
Should tobacco advertising targeted at children be prohibited? Is litigation the way to resolve the controversy over tobacco and public health? What are the legal rules when the plaintiff is not a
smoker but the recipient of ‘second-hand smoke’? Who should pay for tobacco-related illnesses? Should pension funds and other investors divest themselves of tobacco stocks?

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– Experts to Discuss Second-Hand Smoke, Cigarette Advertising and Tobacco Regulation –

WHITE PLAINS, NY — In the first major public forum following the
Liggett Group’s admission that cigarette smoking is addictive,
causes cancer and is targeted toward teenagers, Pace University
School of Law will host a comprehensive two-day conference
addressing legal issues surrounding tobacco use, regulation, public
health and social policy on Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19.
The conference will bring together competing views on many
controversial issues, including: What are the implications of
Liggett’s settlement with 22 state attorneys general? Should tobacco
be regulated as a drug? Does the FDA have authority to regulate?
Should tobacco advertising targeted at children be prohibited? Is
litigation the way to resolve the controversy over tobacco and
public health? What are the legal rules when the plaintiff is not a
smoker but the recipient of ‘second-hand smoke’? Who should pay for
tobacco-related illnesses? Should pension funds and other investors
divest themselves of tobacco stocks?
The conference will provide a forum for presentations and
discussions focusing on health law and policy, toxic torts, and the
First Amendment. Among the participants will be physicians, lawyers,
public health specialists, government policy makers, law professors
and private industry leaders, including:

* William Shultz, Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Food and Drug Administration (FDA);
* Richard Verheij, General Counsel, United States Tobacco Company;
* Richard Blumenthal, Attorney General, State of Connecticut;
* Dennis Vacco, Attorney General, State of New York;
* Nita M. Lowey, U.S. Congresswoman (D-Harrison, NY);
* Oliver Koppell, former Attorney General, State of New York;
* Michael Wilson, Tobacco Control Program, New York City Department of Health;
* Paula Chester, General Counsel, New York State Comptroller’s Office;
* Russell Sciandra, American Cancer Society New York State Division;
* Dr. William Cahan, Senior Attending Surgeon, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center;
* Matthew Myers, General Counsel, National Center for Tobacco Free Kids.
* Richard Daynard, Professor, Northeastern University School of Law

EDITORS NOTE: Special media interviews will be available at
request with the participants during lunch of each conference day.

“The regulation and limitation of tobacco use raise profound public
health policy questions,” said Professor Linda Fentiman, director of
Pace University’s Health Law and Policy Program. “This conference is
unique in that it will bring together speakers from all sides of the
controversy to Pace to discuss real issues about the future of the
tobacco industry and its regulation.”
The conference is a joint undertaking of the Pace University School
of Law’s Health Law and Policy Program, Center for Continuing Legal
Education, The Pace University Law Review and Pace Environmental Law
Review, and the New York State and Westchester County Leagues of
Women Voters.
For more information about the conference, call Assistant Dean
Joseph Bracchitta (914) 422-4203 or Bridget Fitzpatrick (914)
422-4062, at the Pace Center for Continuing Legal Education, or
Professor Linda Fentiman (914) 422-4422.
The School of Law is part of a comprehensive, independent and
diversified University with campuses in New York City and
Westchester County. Its Environmental Law program is ranked third in
the country by U.S. News and World Report. Nearly 14,000 students
are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the
Dyson College of Arts, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer
Science and Information Systems, School of Education, School of Law
and Lienhard School of Nursing.