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The Art, Social Construction, and Globalization of Aging

Seminar Center for Global Humanities Lecture/Seminar Series

Marilyn R. Gugliucci

Director of Geriatrics Education and Research, University of New England

As societies face unprecedented demographic shifts, the fields of geriatrics and gerontology will assist in creating the highest quality of life across the lifespan. Despite the growing elderly population, our society fails to grasp the concepts and constructs associated with age and aging. Based on inherent and continued shortages of health practitioners and associated social systems in the US who will bear the responsibility for caring for the majority of the elderly? And yet, other societies look to us for leadership in this field. Specialized and integrated gerontology and geriatric approaches to aging will be presented that address the way we age now and the way we hope to age in the future. Everyone can benefit from a greater awareness of essential aging “truths.”


Dr. Marilyn R. Gugliucci is the Director of Geriatrics Education and Research at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is a Fellow of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS), the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). She serves on the national GSA and AGHE executive boards and in June 2008 began a two-year term as president of AGHE. Although not a nurse, she has attained mentor status within the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing for the Hartford Foundation funded Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy and is a mentor for a project focused on reducing medical errors in the care of older adults. In Maine, Dr. Gugliucci is on a number of Boards for such organizations as the Maine Legal Services for the Elderly, Office of Elder Services, Southern Maine Agency on Aging, St Andre Health Care Facility, and is Vice President for the Maine Gerontological Society. Dr Gugliucci is widely known for her mentorship in national research fellowships for medical students and junior faculty; and for the past 20 years she has been working with colleagues locally, nationally and, more recently, internationally (Japan and India), on elder related issues and training for health practitioners.

Assigned Reading

Margaret Cruikshank, Learning to be Old: Gender, Culture, and Aging, 2nd ed., Rowman and Littlefield, 2009.


A reception will be held at 5pm at the UNE Art Gallery


Center for Global Humanities


(207) 221-4335

6:00 PM
WCHP Lecture Hall

Portland Campus

Free and open to the public