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GA-HERO – Meeting on 5/5/2017 @ the Georgia Archives

Draft GA-HERO ( Meeting on 5/5/2017 At the Georgia Archives

Georgia Association of Higher Education Retiree Organizations…A state level group that includes both Public and Private institutions of higher education in Georgia
– Purpose is to share ideas, information, research, advocacy and best practices among its members

– Agenda:
. Aging Well…Program’s Theme
. Memory and Aging
. AROHE: 2018 at Emory Conference Center Hotel between October 7-9
. USG Retiree Council Report

– Best Practices:

Memory and Aging
Dr. Pearman explained that, while it is commonly believed that memory loss occurs with age, there are some types of memory that show improvement or stability over one’s lifespan.
– Semantic Memory is the ability to recall concepts and general facts that are not related to specific experiences and this continues to improve for many adults as they age.
– Procedural Memory is memory of how to do things (such as how to tell time by reading a clock, shuffle a deck of cards, ride a bike). Typically, these memories tend to stay the same over time.

Some types of memory show some decline with age. These include:
– Episodic Memory – the what, where, when of our daily lives.
– Source Memory – the memory of where particular information was learned.
– Working Memory – the ability to hold information in one’s head while doing other things.

Dementia is not normal aging. The most common types of dementia are caused by strokes.
50-80% of dementia is Alzheimer’s type.
5-10% of dementia is Vascular Dementia. 50% of these show AD pathology
5-10% of dementia is Lewy Body Dementia. (These individuals have trouble staying awake and alert, have multiple falls.)
2-5% is Frontotemporal dementia
2-5% is other.

Alzheimer’s Disease…Early signs include occasional loss of memory (for conversations, names, events) and changes in personality (depression, apathy).

Severe Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease:
– Asking the same question over and over. Repeating the same story, word for word, again and again.

– Forgetting how to cook, make repairs, how to play cards – activities previously done with ease and regularity.

– Losing one’s ability to pay bills or balance one’s checkbook

– Getting lost in familiar surroundings or misplacing household objects in odd locations.

– Neglecting to bathe, wearing the same clothes over and over, while insisting that one has taken a bath or that clothes being worn are still clean

– Relying on someone else, such as a spouse, to make decisions or answer questions that previously persons would have handled themselves.


Planning for the AROHE Conference 2018 – to be held in Atlanta, GA. October 7-9, 2018

Location: Emory Conference Center Hotel
Room Rate: $ 179/night for either a single or a double room
A charge of $ 105/per person/per day will be charged by the Conference Center for all attendees
Volunteers are needed to assist with Registration, exhibitions and sponsorships to lower the cost of registration.

Survey the Georgia Southern University Association Retirees to find out what they would like to see addressed at the AROHE Conference.

What would make you want to come to this conference?

What would you like to get out of a conference of this type?
Sharing of Best Practices:
– Social Activities
– Professional Development
– Scholarships
– Need Assessment from Retirees
– Communication across the country
– Book Club
– Field Trips
– Endowment of a Scholarship ($ 30,000 to $ 100,000)
– Allow retired faculty members to continue with their scholarly work and teaching
– “School for ever”…Life-long learning
– Health Care Newsletters
– Finance Wellness for Retirees
– Retirees Luncheon each Fall

The next meeting of the GA-HERO would likely take place in Macon (November 2017).


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