Dr. Janet Melnick to present research at local aging conference

Dr. Janet Melnick, senior instructor in Human Development and Family Studies and HDFS program coordinator at Penn State Worthington Scranton will be a featured presenter at the 2013 Northeastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference on Aging.

Dr. Melnick, MSW, LSW, will present, "Alternatives to Nursing Home Care," with her colleague, Dr. Heather Shanks-McElroy, MSW, B.Ed., associate professor and coordinator of the Bachelor of Science in Teaching: Child and Society program at Keystone College.

Last year, the two educators received a Center for Rural Pennsylvania grant for their project, Home- and Community-Based Care Alternatives to Nursing Homes in Rural Pennsylvania.

Dr. Melnick was also a moderator for this year's conference, which is being hosted by the University of Scranton and The Commonwealth Medical College. It is the third annual NEPA Conference on Aging, which provides a forum that educates practitioners, providers, academics, economists, and the community with numerous and diverse presentations. The conference promotes the view that healthy aging results from an integrated approach to caring for the elder.

Speakers and panelists are chosen from a variety of disciplines and elder-related professions, providing an opportunity to learn about best practices and new research findings. By facilitating collaboration between practitioners, health care institutions and academic centers, participants are able to interface academic findings with practical applications.