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Anne Dickerson


Named to Conference on Aging

By Crystal Baity

Dr. Anne Dickerson, professor and chair of the occupational therapy department in ECU’s School of Allied Health Sciences, was appointed as a delegate to the national White House Conference on Aging. Dr. Leonard Trujillo, assistant professor in occupational therapy, was chosen as an alternate delegate.  

The conference will be held Oct. 23-26 in Washington, D.C. Dickerson and Trujillo’s research with older drivers was instrumental in their appointments by Sen. Richard Burr and Gov. Mike Easley, Dickerson said. The research project, ROADI (Research for the Older Adult Driver Initiative), is defining protocol for driver screening, evaluation and rehabilitation to address vision, cognition and function.  

The White House Conference on Aging occurs once a decade to make aging policy recommendations to the President and Congress and to assist the public and private sectors in promoting dignity, health, independence and economic security of current and future generations of older persons. The 2005 Conference, the first of the 21st century, occurs as the first wave of the baby boom generation prepares for retirement. Past White House conferences have contributed to the establishment of programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, the Older Americans Act, Social Security reforms and a national nutrition program for older adults.

The North Carolina Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging held a pre-White House conference forum in Raleigh on May 18. Groups and individuals met to discuss issues and policy recommendations identified as vital to the future of older adults and baby boomers in North Carolina.   


This page originally appeared in the July 15, 2005 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at