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Aging Matters: Globally

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Embracing our Graying World

This component of the Initiative seeks to raise awareness of and respond to the challenges and opportunities of older adults living at the margins of society in communities throughout the world, particularly less developed countries. By valuing the strengths and preferences of older persons and recognizing that resources are limited, a sustainable approach to community development that focuses on capacity building has been taken. To date, the Initiative has maintained  a growing literature review about the issue of global aging and the needs of older adults using Nicaragua as a case study; conducted analysis of exploratory data collected in Nicaragua in preparation for the manuscript on this topic; developed a literature about the use of service learning as a strategy for serving the needs of older adults living at the margins in Nicaragua; submitted a manuscript titled "A Service-Learning Program in Nicaragua: Aging, Environment, and Health" to the International Federation on Ageing's journal Global Ageing: Issues & Action (in press); and continued the ongoing work of the program Global Aging and Health: Enhancing Communities in Nicaragua.

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Global Aging and Health: Enhancing Communities in Nicaragua

This international education abroad program at PSU fosters student service and learning within communities in Nicaragua.  The program, now in its eighth year, has brought over 100 students and nine faculty members to communities throughout Nicaragua and is currently preparing the next group of students to travel to Nicaragua in summer, 2012.  Students, faculty, and various community partners (in Portland and Nicaragua) work toward the goal of improving the quality of life of persons of all ages and abilities, while focusing broadly on issues related to public health and community development.  The six-credit course provides an option to be taken as a registered Capstone course at PSU and involves students from many academic disciplines and all levels (from undergrads to doctoral students).

More information about the Global portion of the initiative can be found below:

Short-video about the Nicaragua program: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYjQwwJMYg8

Application to the 2012 Nicaragua Program: http://oia.pdx.edu/ea/details/international_capstone_global_aging_health/

Check out the Global Aging and Health: Enhancing Communities in Nicaragua Program Blog!