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St. Thomas University News Release

Office of University Advancement
St. Thomas University
Fredericton, NB, E3B 5G3
Tel (506) 452-0522, Fax (506) 460-0335



Tues. Nov. 18, 2003

Dr. Gail Wilson, Visiting Chair in Gerontology at St. Thomas University, will deliver the 2003 Creamer Lecture entitled, "The Benefits of Apocalyptic Demography: When Ageing means Progress", on Wed. Nov. 26 at 3:30 p.m.

Wilson’s talk will discuss the benefits of an aging population. She will explain that an aging population will not have a negative impact on our society, and is not a threat to our way of life, contrary to popular belief and media reporting. Wilson will also discuss the impact of ageism and the important role seniors play in our society.

Wilson is Reader Emeritus in Social Policy and Ageing at the London School of Economics, UK. She has published extensively on seniors over 75; her research methods have included conducting interviews and holding focus groups. Dr. Wilson’s research looks at the effects of aging and health and social services. She is author of numerous academic and practitioner-oriented articles and books including Understanding Old Age: Critical and Global Perspectives, 2000, and Community Care Asking the Users, (edited collection), 1995.

The Creamer lecture is organized by the Gerontology Department and funded by the Dr. T. LeRoy Creamer Endowment Fund. This year’s talk will be held in the Ted Daigle Auditorium, Edmund Casey Hall, St. Thomas University. Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend.

For more information, contact: Dr. Deborah van den Hoonaard (460-0362) Gerontology, St. Thomas University.

Media contact:

Mary McIntosh
Director of Communications and Media Relations
St. Thomas University
(506) 452-0522
Email: marymc@stu.ca