"To the Best of My Knowledge" Explores Healthy Aging

December 2, 2010

Growing older is an inevitable part of life. With age comes wisdom, maturity and many life-changing events. Whether it is retirement or illness, these experiences bring about a variety of mental, physical and social changes. Despite all of this, we have the ability to create a positive process to age well.

Penn State President Graham Spanier and his guests, Steven Zarit and Martin Sliwinski, will discuss healthy aging on the upcoming edition of "To the Best of My Knowledge."

The live call-in program will air at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 7, on WPSU-TV and WPSU-FM. It also airs on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN).

Steven Zarit is a professor and head of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State. Zarit’s research focuses on aging issues pertaining to the elderly, which include care giving, health and function. In 2009, Zarit received the Distinguished Career Award in the Behavioral and Social Sciences Section by the Gerontological Society of America. He has also served as an American editor for Aging and Mental Health and as the chair for the Gerontological Society of America’s Publications Task Force.

Martin Sliwinski is a professor of human development and family studies and the director of the Gerontology Center at Penn State. Sliwinski’s research interests include aging, stress and working memory. He has received more than 15 years of continuous funding from the National Institute on Aging, which has contributed to his vast experience in gerontology, statistics and psychology. Sliwinski is also the editor of Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition.

Viewers and listeners are invited to join the conversation with questions or comments by calling 800-543-8242 or sending an e-mail to response@psu.edu during the broadcast.

A monthly feature on WPSU-TV and -FM, "To the Best of My Knowledge" features Penn State faculty, local experts and national guests in discussions on a variety of topics. In its 14th year of production, the program reaches viewers, Web users and listeners and allows the audience to communicate directly with Penn State's president.

WPSU serves central Pennsylvania with programming, educational services and community outreach. This public media service produces, acquires and distributes programs that address local interests and reflect the diverse cultural, political, geographic and demographic characteristics of an audience within central Pennsylvania.

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Editors: For more information, contact Bianca Barr at bab247@psu.edu, or contact the College of Health and Human Development Office of College Relations at 814-865-3831 or healthhd@psu.edu.