Business, academic, and community leaders assembled January 28-SO át tibe University of Southern California to probe significant aspeas of work, aging, and retirement.
The three-day program, open to the public as well as professionals, was sponsored by USC's Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center as a prelude to the University's Centennial Celebration beginning June 1980.
Noted experts on work, retirement planning, and gerontology led panel discussions and workshops during the three theme-oriented sessions.
On Monday, January 28, the theme was "The Individual in a Changing Society," featuring a keynote address by Representative Claude Pepper (D-Florida).
The day began at 9 AM, in USC's Bo va id Auditorium, with introductions by USC President John R. Hubbard and the gerontology center's Executive Director James £. Birren.
K. Warner Schaie, director of USC's gerontology research institute,discussed "The Older Worker" and Cyril F. Brickfield, executive director of the National Retired Teachers Association, revealed results of a national survey of retired people,
- "Assessing the Skills and Performance of the Older Worker," Dr. Iseli Kraus.·,, research associate, USC Developmental Psychology Laboratory, and Dr. Steven Kerr, professor and chairperson, organizational behavior, USC Graduate School of Business:
- "Women in the I λ bor Force: f Retirement Trends and Implications," Dr. Judith Treas, assistant professor, USC Social Organization and Behavior Laboratory;
-· "Midlife Reassessment for Men and Women: Capacities, Potentials and Options," Dr. Ruth Weg, associate professor, USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology;
- "Retirement Decisions and Adjustment: Ethnic/Minority Perspectives," Dr. E. Percil Stanford, director. University Center on Aging, San Diego Sute University;
- "The Impact of Retirement on the Family," Dr. Jarnes A. Peterson, director, USC's Emeriti Center; and
- "Post Retirement: Making the Best of the Rest of Your Life," Dr. Margaret E. Hartford, professor. Leonard Davis School of Gerontology.
Tuesday's session, "Organizations in a Changing Soçiety," began with opening remarks by Dr. Ira S. Hirschfield, director of the Division of Educational Development at the gerontology center.
Or. Thomas Woodruff, executive di* * of the President's Commission on Pension Policy, then discussed the question "Can We Depend on Pensions?"
KN'BC News anchorman Jess Marlow led a panel of experts in a discussion of "Reactions to the Elimination of Mandatory Retirement." The panelists were Birten: Carin A. Clauss, solicitor in the US Department of Labor; William Robertson, executive treasurer, Los Angeles County Federation AFI.-CIO; and William M. Read, senior vice president, employee relations, ARCO.
Dr. Pauline Ragan, laboratory chief, Social Organization and Behavior Laboratory, discussed "Private Sector Leadership in Developing Older Worker Resources."
Tuesday afternoon workshops included:
- "Preretirement and Life Planning; Rationale, Programs and Expected Outcomes," Dr. Virginia Boyack, vice president, California Federal Savings and Loan, and Dr. Vincent Manion.aprivate consultant;
- "New Work Patterns for Older Workers." Dr. Stephen McConnell, project director, Social Organization and Behavior Laboratory. and Dr. Malcolm Morrison, senior research analyst, US Department of Labor.
- "Age Discrimination and the Law," Issie L. Jenkins, deputy general Counsel, Equal Opportunity Commission, and Clauss;
- "Intergenerational Conflicts within an Qrgan^ation: Corporate and Sociological Perspectives," Ernest J. Griffes, director of employee benefits, Levi Strauss & Co., and Dr. Vern Bengston, research associate. Social Organization and Behavior Laboratory; and
- "Age Factors and Personnel Systems: New Approaches to Older Workers," Dr. Michael Batten, private consultant.
Wednesday's session, "Challenges of the Future," began with a welcome by Dr. Taylor Meloan, I ISC associate vice president for academic administration and research.
Dr. James N. Morgan, research scientist at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, presented "Economic Realities of Retirement" and Harold Sheppard of the American Institute for Research, Washington, DC, talked about "Work and Retirement in Western Europe."
A panel on "How Education, Research, Public Policy and the Private Sector Intend to Respond" was by Hirschfield. The panelists were: Schaie; Dr. David A. Peterson, director of the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology; Janet Levy, director of the California Department of Aging; and Hank Koehn, vice president, Futures Research Division, Security Pacific National Bank.
The three-day program also featured a resource fair, with representatives of agencies and organizations offering services to older persons. The representatives offered informationand provided technical assistance on employment, on volunteer and educational opportunities, and on health, financial and social services.
On Wednesday an open house was held at the gerontology center. The afternoon provided an opportunity for participants to meet informally with scientists, educators, andclinicians from the Andrus Center. Presentations included current research and educational activities on house sharing, mental health, nutrition, exercise, volunteerism, media, consumerism, memory, autobiography, curriculum, peer counseling, and functional asessment.