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Experience Corps Conference will explore key issues of aging

STA NFORD - The Experience Corps, a nonprofit organization based in Palo Alto, will offer a one-day conference, "Aging for Beginners," Saturday, May 8, at Bishop Auditorium in the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

The conference runs from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is open to the public. It is being staged in conjunction with the Palo Alto Medical Clinic.

The program includes panel discussions and workshops that address key issues of aging: the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of growing older in today's society.

Tick ets are $55 for members of the Experience Corps and $65 for non- members. The fee includes continental breakfast, a picnic lunch and a closing reception with cabaret entertainment.

Pane lists include: Albert Bandura, David Starr Jordan Professor of Social Sciences in Psychology at Stanford; John H. Bunzel, senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution and former president of San Jose State University; Marion Diamond, professor of anatomy and director of Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California- Berkeley; Carl Djerassi, professor of chemistry at Stanford and author; Roschelle Paul, songwriter and jazz cabaret performer in San Francisco and New York; Sara Little Turnbull, director of the Process of Change and Innovation Laboratory at the Stanford Business School; and Ernle W.D. Young, co-director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics at Stanford.

The Experience Corps was organized to recognize the talents of people in later life and to direct those talents for the benefit of the community they live in. Depending on their own experience, members have engaged in volunteer projects, such as a pilot relief-teacher program in a local school, a health information project in Palo Alto, and a mentorship program with the Haas Center for Public Service on the Stanford campus. Some members have acted as consultants for other nonprofit organizations.

Founders are John W. Gardner, the Miriam and Peter Haas Centennial Professor in Public Service, and Dr. Walter M. Bortz II, a physician with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, gerontologist,and author. Gardner will deliver the conference keynote address on "Self-Renewal and Aging." Bortz will close the conference with a talk "We Live Too Short and Die Too Long."



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