Aging in the New Millennium: Global Challenge and International Action

Start time
10:00 AM Pacific
End time
11:00 AM Pacific

Part of the MindAlert Series, sponsored by MetLife Foundation


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Includes Complimentary CEUs

This webinar will address global population aging in the 21st century, and action taken at the international level to meet this challenge. Particular attention will be given to the United Nations Post 2015 Agenda and the potential of a Human Rights Convention for Older People. Presenters also will discuss the Active Aging Program of the World Health Organization and the role of international non-governmental organizations in meeting the needs of older persons around the world. Finally, implications for the helping professions worldwide will be considered.

Participants in this webinar will be able to:

  • List the critical challenges associated with population aging worldwide;
  • Describe the aims of major international initiatives to address global population aging and explain their progress to date;
  • Recognize contributions of the United Nations and international non-governmental organizations in meeting the needs of older persons; and,
  • Develop strategies to address population aging locally, as well as globally. 


M. C. “Terry” Hokenstad, Ph.D., is a distinguished university professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and holds the Ralph S. and Dorothy P. Schmitt Professorship in its Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. He also serves as professor of global health in the School of Medicine at Case Western, and is a member of the United Nation’s Non-Governmental Organization Committee on Aging. In a career spanning more than four decades, Hokenstad has given special attention to the internationalization of social work and the challenges of an aging world. He has combined these two areas of expertise in his teaching and writing, as well as in his leadership roles at the United Nations and in national and international organizations such as Council on Social Work Education and the International Association of Schools of Social Work.

Amy Restorick Roberts, Ph.D., completed her doctoral studies at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences of Case Western Reserve University, and recently joined the faculty of Miami University in the Department of Family Studies and Social Work. Her research focuses on international social work, long-term-care services and supports, and quality of life for older adults.