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Robert Kane to headline Chesley Lecture April 12

Discussing long-term care

Founding voice of long-term care policy to speak April 12.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office news release [3/7/2011]

Robert Kane, author, professor and chair in long-term aging at the University of Minnesota and “a founding voice” of long-term care policy over the past four decades, will be the featured speaker at the sixth annual Chesley Lecture Tuesday, April 12, at South Central College, Mankato.

Author of "The Good Caregiver: A One-Of-A-Kind Compassionate Resource for Anyone Caring for an Aging Loved One," Kane will speak from 4-6 p.m. in South Central’s Heritage Room.

The lecture, presented by Minnesota State Mankato’s Chesley Center on Aging, is open to students, faculty, staff and the general public. Admission is $10 in advance ($15 at the door) and free to students. Pre-registration (by April 1) is requested at

Kane’s lecture, titled “Caregiving is Not for Sissies,” includes material from his new book, which he will autograph immediately following his presentation. Light refreshments and free parking are included in the registration fee.

Advance copies of Kane’s book are available through both the Minnesota State Mankato Barnes & Noble Bookstore and the South Central College Bookstore, which are both among the event’s co-sponsors. Other sponsors are MAGEC South, the South Central College Nursing Program, and the Owatonna Hospital-Allina Health System.

Continuing education credit is being offered for nurses, social workers and nursing home administrators.

Prior to assuming his new position, Kane served as Dean at the Minnesota School of Public Health, was professor in residence at the UCLA School of Medicine, and adjunct professor at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. His research has focused on outcomes of acute and long-term care, the effects of hospital and post-hospital care, epidemiology of aging, managed care, assessment, and long-term care policy.

Among his many honors are the Geriatric Medicine Academic Award, selection for the David Solomon Honorary Lecture, the American Society for the Aging President’s award, the American Public Health Association Gerontological Health Key Award, and the Italian Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics Enrico Greppi Prize.

Those who want more information about the event may contact Donald Ebel at or Alexandra Garklavs at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive, doctoral university with 15,393 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system.

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