Global Demographic Shift Leads to International Discussion on Aging Issues

Nova Southeastern University to Host Global Conference on Aging Issues

FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla.- This may be the end of the world as we know it.

By 2017, it is expected that adults older than 65 will outnumber children younger than 5 for the first time in recorded human history, according to the National Institute on Aging.

Many factors, including improvements in health care and declining fertility are expected to cause this paradigm shift, and it is essential that the global community comes together to address the many issues that will result from this demographic change.

“Everything from health care to economics will be impacted and we need to prepare before it is too late,” said Cecilia Rokusek, Ed.D., R.D., professor and assistant dean of education, planning and research at the Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM).  “In the United States, we will have more and more seniors eligible for Social Security and Medicare benefits and fewer people contributing to fund these programs. It’s simple math. This is a tsunami of sorts that we have not discussed from a national and global perspective. The impact will be profound for many years to come.”

In order to address important issues related to this population shift, NSU-COM’s Geriatrics Education Center is hosting the Socio-Medical Issues in Aging Conference on Friday, Feb. 7 and Saturday, Feb. 8 at NSU’s Lifelong Learning Institute located at 3424 S. University Dr., Davie, FL 33328.

The conference will include seminars related to the physical, mental, and public health of the aging population led by experts from around the world, including the United States, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic.

Areas of focus include seminars related to specific populations, such as the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), black, and Hispanic communities, as well as illnesses like Alzheimer’s and dementia that are prevalent among the elderly. Other seminars will address senior living facilities, art therapy, hospice care, and compulsive hoarding.

Anyone who has a vested interest in the senior population, including health care professionals, government officials, students, educators, and business owners are invited to attend. NSU students receive complimentary admission with advance registration.

For more information, including costs and registration details, please visit

Click here to see Socio-Medical Issues in Aging Conference Agenda.


About NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine:  The mission of the College of Osteopathic Medicine is to provide learner-centered education, both nationally and internationally, for osteopathic medical students, postgraduate trainees, and other professionals. Through its interprofessional programs, the college prepares competent and compassionate lifelong learners; supports research, scholarly activity, and community service; and advocates for the health and welfare of diverse populations, including the medically underserved. For more information, visit

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