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Job Opportunity: Institute on Aging, San Mateo

IOAThe Institute on Aging’s Community Care Program in San Mateo is looking for a Program Assistant to provide administrative assistance to the team there.  If interested, contact Dr. Patrick Arbore at  This position description (and others, if you are interested) can be found at the Institute on Aging’s web site.

Inspiration Friday: 86-Year Old Gymnast

I overheard a conversation not long ago between Dr. Patrick Arbore and Dr. Helene Laroche-Davis.  They were talking about gerontology, or work with the aging population.  Patrick made a remarkable statement, “when students are through with my class, they will no longer be afraid of aging or of dying.”  Helene responded with her own personal insight, saying “every year since I have turned 50 has been better and better.”  I love how this wisdom from each of these experienced, insightful, and wonderful instructors defies societal expectations about aging, as does the video below, which my mother actually sent along to me.  (She, by the way, just celebrated her 72nd birthday, a month after she won the Pikes Peak Marathon for her age group by ascending and then descending the 14,411′ peak in a 26-mile journey.)

Interested in learning more about defying stereotypes about aging or serving this growing population?  Ask your adviser about courses in gerontology, which count toward a concentration in that area for Human Services students and may count toward miscellaneous upper division electives for others.


Job Opportunities: Institute on Aging

IOALast week we profiled alum Jennifer Murray and her new job at the Institute on Aging and oft-quoted professor-extraordinaire Dr. Patrick Arbore, who directs the elder suicide prevention program at the IOA.  This week we thought we’d share a link to job opportunities at the IOA for those who might be interested – now or in the future.  Lots of opportunities for growth in this field as our population grows.


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