2016 Barbara Payne Lectureship: Dr. Graham Rowles
The Gerontology Institute was pleased to host Dr. Graham Rowles as our distinguished speaker for the 2016 Barbara Payne Lectureship in Gerontology. Dr. Rowles is a prolific author, lecturer and recipient of numerous private and national grants and currently uses his talents as Professor & Chair of The Gerontology Department and Director of Graduate Center for Gerontology at University of Kentucky. His research focuses on the lived experience of aging. This work is exploration, employing qualitative methodologies, of the changing relationship between older adults and their environments with advancing age and the implications of this relationship for health and wellbeing. During his stay with us at Georgia State University, Dr. Rowles had the opportunity to be the honored guest at the Gerontology Institute’s annual Meet the Scholar Luncheon and was able to casually speak with Gerontology students as well as students within different disciplinary backgrounds throughout Georgia State University. This luncheon provided Dr. Rowles the opportunity to talk and expand on his ideology of “Aging in Place” as well as answer any questions the students had. Dr. Rowles’ Payne Lecture presentation was entitled “Being at Home: Understanding the Meaning of Aging in Place. This event capped off the day at the Rialto Center of the Arts, with an engaging lecture followed by a reception where the audience had an opportunity to discuss the importance of aging in place with Dr. Rowles.