Artful Aging

The OSU Gerontology Conference is the largest conference on aging in the Pacific Northwest and continually provides excellent conference programs filled with cutting-edge research based gerontological education. This annual event allows you to network face-to-face with local, national and internationally-known professionals dedicated to gerontology and features workshops by leading geriatric professionals presenting current information for health and human services occupations in a wide variety of disciplines.

The 36th Annual conference will be held April 11th and 12th, 2012

Registration and additional information can be found at the
OSU Gerontology Conference Website

2012 OSU Gerontology Conference Keynote Speakers


Wendy Lustbader, MSW,Wendy Lustbader  Pike Market Medical Clinic, Seattle, Assistant Professor, Washington School of Social Work, Seattle, WA.  Wendy Lustbader, is a nationally acclaimed speaker and author on caregiver issues. Her books include: Taking Care of Your Aging Family Members and Counting on Kindness: The Dilemmas of Dependency.  In addition, Wendy is  a medical social worker who specializes in outpatient mental health at Seattle’s Pike Place Medical Clinic and is an affiliate Assistant Professor at the University of Washington School of Social Work.  She has practiced in home health care, a hospital geriatric unit, and nursing homes.  Ms Lustbader is known for the insight, inspiration, humor and caring she brings to her teaching and clinical practice.

Ms. Lustbader will be the keynote speaker for the 36th Annual OSU Gerontology conference on Wednesday, April 11, 2012



Albert StarrAlbert Starr, MD is an internationally acclaimed surgeon, scientist and teacher.  Dr. Starr has had a profound and enduring effect on the practice of medicine and healing of the human heart.  Dr. Starr is best known for co-inventing and implanting the world’s first successful artificial heart valve – the Starr- Edwards valve.  The mitral valve was followed by an aortic model in 1963 and  Dr. Starr preformed the world’s first successful triple valve replacement at Oregon Health and Science University.   Dr. Starr introduced open-heart surgery to the western United States, contributing many refinements to this now-common procedure and influencing cardiovascular surgeons in major centers around the world.

Dr. Starr’s many awards include the 2007 Albert Lasker Award in the category of Clinical Medical Research, for the development of prosthetic mitral and aortic valves, which have prolonged and enhanced the lives of millions of people with heart disease.

Dr. Starr will be the keynote speaker for the 36th Annual OSU Gerontology conference on Thursday, April 12, 2012.

Additional information on Dr. Albert Starr: The Society of Thoracic Surgeons | Dr. Albert Starr: A Historical Commentary