MARQUETTE – What is it really like to grow old today? Is aging accurately portrayed by the media?


Northern Michigan University will play host to a two-day conference, “Old Like Me? Issues and Stereotypes of Aging in North America,” Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 17-18.  The event is part of the 2005 Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Media Fellowships Program. 


The “Old Like Me?” conference will bring together gerontology and health care professionals, researchers and senior adult advocates to discuss with media members issues related to aging. These include where and how senior adults are growing older; the situation faced by the corrections system to deal with an aging prison population; teaching family members to communicate with loved ones who have Alzheimer’s; new training and technology for health care professionals who work with senior adults, especially those in rural settings; an introduction to Ojibwe elders who are proactive in preserving tribal raditions for future generations; and new research into causes of human hearing loss.


The CASE Media Fellowships Program is a competitive application process. A limited number of fellowships are available for print, broadcast, online and experienced freelance journalists.  Northern Michigan University will cover the cost of lodging and meals for those selected as media fellows; the journalist’s employer is responsible for travel expenses and salary during the conference period.  Local media are encouraged to register to attend, but lodging will not be provided.


The application deadline is June 15.  For more information or to register online, go to  

Prepared By
Cindy Paavola
Director of Communications