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Concordia University Chicago to host conference and forum on aging


The Center for Gerontology at Concordia-Chicago and Arbor West Neighbors will host “Resilient Aging – Resilient Living: Cultivating Community Good for All Ages,” a day of education, advocacy and action. The event will take place Tuesday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the Concordia University Chicago campus in River Forest.

Dr. Roger Landry, a renowned medical expert in the field of aging, will provide information on cultivating opportunities to age resiliently. Landry is a preventive medicine physician, author of “Live Long, Die Short: A Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging,” and contributing author to “80 Things to Do When You Turn 80.” He was trained at Tufts University School of Medicine and Harvard University School of Public Health, and specializes in building environments that empower older adults to maximize their unique potential. Landry will be joined by a panel of experts to discuss how age-friendly communities make sense at the local, state and national level. Participants will be given the chance to discuss these issues in detail during an afternoon forum.

“We are excited to be offering this free educational event, and are thrilled that Dr. Landry will be joining us as guest speaker,” said Dr. Lydia Manning, associate professor of gerontology at Concordia-Chicago. “As Americans experience longer life expectancies, there is ever-greater interest in exploring how to competently manage life-stage transitions in a way that addresses the needs and desires of aging people and those whose lives they impact. Dr. Landry’s knowledge and background make him the perfect fit to lead our discussion on resilient aging and resilient living.”

Seats are limited and RSVP is required by April 3 at: The event is open to the public and lunch will be provided.

Concordia-Chicago’s campus is located at 7400 Augusta Street, River Forest, IL. Free off-street parking is available in the University’s parking structure, south of Division Street on Bonnie Brae Place. Handicapped-accessible parking is available in the visitors’ lot adjacent to the north side of the University parking structure.