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Center for Positive Aging Moves Programs to FGCU Charlotte Center
FORT MYERS, FL - The Florida Gulf Coast University Southwest Florida Interdisciplinary Center for Positive Aging announces it recently entered into partnership with the FGCU Charlotte Center to increase services, research, courses and programs for older adults in Charlotte County.
The Center for Positive Aging’s move to the FGCU Charlotte Center includes director Linda Buettner, associate clinical director Suzanne Fitzsimmons and gerontology specialist Lourdes Martinez.
“We will be focusing on programs that provide model services and recreation activities to older adults and will focus on those with memory concerns,” director of the Center for Positive Aging Linda Buettner said.
The Center for Positive Aging plans to offer courses, workshops and conferences designed for individuals with memory problems, their families and professional caregivers. Programs will target individuals with dementia who may be at risk for placement in a higher level of care but the Center will offer other older adults some programs as well.
The educational forums will address issues such as identification of those with dementia, medication management, memory screening, the role of recreational activities, managing disturbing behaviors and healthy attitudes toward positive aging.
Some offerings will be in Lee County, with the goal of eventually opening a sister site.
“CFPA’s research and design of innovative programs like those to be offered through the FGCU Charlotte Center will provide models which will impact the region, state and nation,” executive director of the Charlotte Center Robert Burns said.
“We are excited that Dr. Buettner and her colleagues will be working here in Charlotte County. It is the sort of partnership our Center is made for.”
The large population of older citizens, and their respective medical and service professionals who assist them, makes Charlotte County the perfect setting for the Center for Positive Aging and the work it does, Buettner and Burns said.
Additional state funding made the move to the FGCU Charlotte Center possible.
“State legislator Carol Green was central to getting our programs the basic funding to get things started,” Buettner said.
“She has been an outstanding advocate for older adults and for higher education in Southwest Florida.”
A complete list of programs for 2003-04 is available from the Center for Positive Aging. Visit the Center’s Web site at
For more information, contact Burns at (239) 255-7414 or the Center for Positive Aging at (239) 590-7852.