Aging & Gerontology Expert, Dr. Anabel Pelham, to Deliver Keynote at Boomerama Central Oregon


Creating Age-Friendly Cities is Focus of Talk

The Council on Aging of Central Oregon today announced that Board Member Anabel Pelham, Ph.D., will give the keynote speech, Advancing Inclusive Communities, at the upcoming Boomerama conference, which will be held from 11am-5pm on October 6, at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Redmond, Oregon. Dr. Pelham is slated to speak at 1pm.

“We’re excited to welcome Dr. Pelham to the main stage,” said Boomerama Event Director Lee Hill.  “She’s an esteemed authority on global issues in aging, gerontology and the creation of age-friendly cities.  When you combine that with her extensive background in teaching and a passion for inclusivity, she makes a compelling choice for this, our inaugural Boomerama show in Central Oregon.”

“I am excited to have the opportunity to present the ways we can look at aging anew and how we can make cities more inclusive, more age-friendly,” said Pelham. “There are significant challenges associated with the huge increase over the past decade in the population of the boomer and older generations. Yet, there are amazing opportunities for us to tap into and leverage the potential of both groups, who are increasingly moving to cities such as Bend and Redmond. That’s my passion.”

In addition to her work on the Council on Aging’s board, Dr. Pelham is president of the National Association of Professional Gerontologists (NAPG)  and an emeritus professor and founding director of the Gerontology Program at San Francisco State University. She is also the founding executive director of the Center for Age-Friendly Excellence (CAFÉ), a project of the Los Altos Community Foundation, and a former member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Admission to Boomerama is free to all adults and their caregivers aged 50 and over. To register, visit the Boomerama online registration page.

About the Council on Aging of Central Oregon
The non-profit Council on Aging is the federally designated Area Agency on Aging serving Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson Counties, offering older aged adults 60 and older and their loved ones a range of support services that promote independence, well-being and safety, as well as preventing hunger and improving overall health. The Council on Aging is committed to equitable and inclusive services, programs and resources designed to meet immediate and direct need.


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