Talkin’�€~bout that generation, the baby boomers have now, officially, made it to the senior class.


And a gathering in June hosted by West Virginia University will look at the ripple effect of the new gray wave expected to be felt in the country �€as more than 75 million Americans born in the economic boon years after World War II notch their 60 th birthdays this year.


�€?Preparing for the Aging Boom: Impact and Action�€? is the theme of this year’s Summer Institute on Aging, which will be June 5-8 at Morgantown’s Waterfront Place Hotel (formerly the Radisson).


The institute is hosted by the Division of Social Work in the School of Applied Social Sciences, the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences and WVU ’s Center on Aging. This is the 28th year for the gathering geared to social workers and other healthcare practitioners.


Jeannette C. Takamura, dean of the Columbia University School of Social Work and former U.S. assistant secretary for aging in the Clinton administration, will deliver the keynote address.


Takamura will examine ways baby boomers may be expected to shape the aging agenda in the years ahead in West Virginia, the nation and the world.


Other speakers include Sally Richardson, executive director of the WVU Institute for Health Policy Research; Drs. Robert Applebaum and Kathryn McGrew of the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University ; Jim Smallridge, who directs West Virginia’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program; and several members of the WVU faculty.


Visitwww.wvsioa.orgfor a full brochure and registration materials. Discounted hotel rates will be available through May 26. A reduced �€?early bird�€? conference registration rate is in effect though Friday, May 19.


For more information, contact Jacki Englehardt, coordinator of professional and community education, Division of Social Work, at jacki.englehardt@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-3501 ext. 3109.