The Catholic University of America

Media Advisory


CUA Lecture: "A Comprehensive Strategy for an Aging Society"

WHEN: 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 9, 2009

WHERE: The Catholic University of America
John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library, May Gallery
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.


Yung-Ping Chen, who has held the Frank J. Manning Eminent Scholar's Chair in Gerontology at the University of Massachusetts Boston since 1988, will give a lecture titled "A Comprehensive Strategy for an Aging Society." Chen underscores the role of the government in fostering a supportive environment as it designs and maintains aging policies.

Chen will explain how private-sector policies of business, labor and nonprofits may promote or hinder needed adjustments in institutions and programs. He will argue that in order to prepare society for aging, individual and collective responsibilities must be assumed to marshal resources, private and public. Chen will address funding issues in Social Security, Medicare and long-term care, against the backdrop of economic and demographic realities that are unfolding in this century, in contrast to those in the last 100 years.

Recipient of a Warren C. Scoville Distinguished Teaching Award (Economics) at UCLA, Chen participated in the 1971, 1981, 1995 and 2005 White House Conferences on Aging and the 1998 White House Conference on Social Security, either as a delegate, a consultant or both.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information and to R.s.v.p., e-mail

SPONSORS: Center on Global Aging at CUA's National Catholic School of Social Service

MEDIA: To cover the lecture, contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.