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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Director of Gerontology invited to White House

Elizabeth Boyer
Nancy Orel addresses a CUE committee meeting.

It's not every day you get an invitation to the White House. Dr. Nancy Orel, director of BGSU's Gerontology Program, was one of just 100 people to receive the prestigious honor. Orel will attend a meeting on HIV and Aging
on Oct. 27.

"I'm extremely humbled and honored to be invited," Orel said. "It will be an incredible learning experience and an opportunity to talk with fellow researchers about the president's national strategic plan for addressing HIV
and AIDS."



Orel explained the plan only included two pages that addressed people over 50 years old – a population she says has been overlooked historically and is now a part of what's called the "graying" of the AIDS epidemic.

This meeting will look at raising awareness about people who are aging with HIV or contracting HIV as seniors, unique clinical manifestations of HIV infection among older adults, existing services for seniors living with HIV and successes as well as gaps.

The meeting is part of a series of discussions that have been held at the White House by the Office of National AIDS Policy over the
past year.


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October 14, 2010