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March 27, 2007

Dr. William Thomas, Erickson School Professor of Aging Services and Innovative Authority on Eldercare, to Appear on WYPR’s “The Marc Steiner Show”

Thomas to discuss his contributions to improving “elder care” and his book What are Old People For? How Elders Will Save the World

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BALTIMORE – Dr. William Thomas, professor of aging services at the Erickson School at UMBC and an innovative authority on eldercare, will be a featured guest on WYPR-88.1 FM's “The Marc Steiner Show” on Tuesday, March 27.

In a live broadcast from noon to 1 p.m., Thomas will discuss his revolutionary ideas about why we should embrace aging, as well as his book “What are Old People For? How Elders Will Save the World.” Named 2005 “Book of the Year” by the American Medical Writers Association, it explores the virtues concealed within the necessity of aging. On air comments for the March Steiner Show can be e-mailed to or listeners can call 410-662-8780 during the show.

About the Erickson School:
The Erickson School was established at UMBC in April 2004 with a $5 million commitment from John Erickson, CEO and founder of Erickson Retirement Communities. It offers a B.A. and M.A. in the Management of Aging Services, as well as Executive Education programs. The Center for Aging Studies at the Erickson School provides cutting edge applied research.

UMBC, an Honors University in Maryland, is a four-year, public research university that is home to leading experts on aging who are active in research, education, and service in the field of gerontology. It is one of a handful of universities in the nation to offer a Ph.D. in Gerontology.

Posted by elewis at March 27, 2007 8:50 AM