Conference On Aging Population To Be Held At Cal State San Bernardino

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)- – Examining and addressing the needs of aging adults in San Bernardino and Riverside counties will be the focus of the second annual Behavioral Health Summit, scheduled for March 2 at Cal State San Bernardino.

Online registration is now being accepted for “Our Aging Population: Policies, Practices, and People,” a day-long conference where local and national experts from aging, social work, psychology, sociology, public policy and the legal community will discuss issues affecting the region’s older adults.

The summit, hosted by CSUSB’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, will take place at the university’s Santos Manuel Student Union Events Center. To register, go to the Behavioral Health Summit website at

Following the success of the inaugural Behavioral Health Summit in 2011, which focused on “improved mental health outcomes for children and their families,” the 2012 summit on aging reflects the continued commitment of CSUSB faculty and administration to partner with and serve the inland community.

“Our goal with the Behavioral Health Summit is to provide an opportunity for CSUSB to continue its support of the community by providing professionals in San Bernardino and Riverside counties with access to cutting-edge practices addressing the needs of our aging population,” said Jamal Nassar, dean of CSUSB’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Mark Agars, assistant dean and chair of the summit committee, said it was important for the region to have a summit focused on aging.

“Inland Southern California is home to more than 1 million residents over the age of 50, which is nearly 27 percent of the two-county population,” Agars said. “Our local healthcare, social service providers and legal advocates must remain current on best practices to serve our growing aging population, and the summit will provide professionals with practical insights, knowledge and the tools to positively impact our aging community and enhance the quality of life for the entire region.”

Corinne “Cory” Rieder, executive director of the John A. Hartford Foundation, will give the keynote address, “Improving the Health of America’s Older Adults … Challenges We Face in the Next Decade.” Additional speakers will discuss critical topics such as eldercare, aging in a multicultural society, economic and social potential, healthy aging, and local and national aging policy. In addition, the afternoon will feature an expert panel discussing elder abuse.

Prominent guest speakers will include:

·     David A. Ishida, regional administrator, U.S. Administration on Aging;

·     Roberta Wertenberg, long-term care ombudsman, Department of Aging and Adult Services, San Bernardino County;

·     Colleen Krygier, director, San Bernardino County Department of Aging and Adult Services;

·     Dorothy Miller, C.A.R.E., Riverside County Department of Public Social Services Adult Services;

·     Hon. Cynthia Ludvigsen, judge, Superior Court of San Bernardino County;

·     Carlos E. Cortes, professor emeritus, UC Riverside;

·     Laura Trejo, general manager, city of Los Angeles Department of Aging;

·     Leslie R. Martin, professor and chair, Department of Psychology, La Sierra University; and

·     Tristan Svare, deputy district attorney, San Bernardino County.

Presentations from prominent CSUSB faculty will include:

·     Dale Lund, professor and chair, Department of Sociology;

·     Rosemary McCaslin, School of Social Work;

·     Julian Montoro-Rodriguez, professor, Department of Sociology; and

·     Kenneth Shultz, professor, Department of Psychology.

Exhibitors will be on hand representing aging service providers, health organizations, and educators. A continental breakfast will be provided, as well as a sit-down lunch during which brief presentations will be made by agencies that fund research and service in the aging field.

For more information on the Behavioral Health Summit, contact Mark Agars at (909) 537-5433 or e-mail Those interested in sponsorship or exhibitor information should contact Alicia Trujillo (909) 537-7550 or e-mail

For more information about Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit

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