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SAGE Kicks Off Fall 2008 Series

9/5/2008 —


According to a 2007 report by the Lehigh Valley Alliance on Aging, 15 percent (84,000) of the area’s population are adults aged 65 or older, and by 2030 that number is expected to increase by 65 percent.  As this aging population keeps expanding, one Lehigh Valley group plans to keep expanding something else – their minds.

SAGE (Senior Adults Gaining Enrichment) is a community outreach program of Penn State Lehigh Valley designed to encourage intellectual and cultural enrichment for adults age 55 and older.  In the fall and spring, the group offers a new, college-level lecture each month. 

To kick off its fall series, SAGE will present Tim Kennedy, publisher, president and chief executive officer of The Morning Call, who will discuss “The Morning Call in the 21st Century,” on Friday, September 26, 2008 at Penn State Lehigh Valley’s Corporate Learning Center.  Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and coffee will be served before the lecture begins at 11:00 a.m.  This lecture will be offered at no charge to adults 55+ and a lunch discussion will follow.

“Our mission is to engage older adults of diverse backgrounds that are interested in intellectual pursuits,” says Paul D’Arcy, a PSU LV SAGE steering committee member.  “The changing landscape of the media, nationally as well as here in the Lehigh Valley, is of great interest to our audience.  We are looking forward to Mr. Kennedy’s lecture to stimulate thought and dialogue about the topic.”

In addition, D’Arcy hopes that the event will prompt seniors to take an active interest in the variety of topics that will be offered throughout the fall series including global perspectives on aging, nanotechnology and memoir writing.

This event is open to adults age 55+, but reservations are required.  To reserve a space, contact Diane Lewis at 610-285-5066 or email dlewis@psu.edu.  The Penn State Lehigh Valley Corporate Learning Center is located at 100 Brodhead Road, Suite 120, Bethlehem, PA, 18017.

For media inquiries, please contact Allison Goodin at 610-285-5067.

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