LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 17, 2017)—SCAN, a senior-focused organization with the mission of keeping seniors healthy and independent, has announced a charitable contribution of $40,000 to Long Beach State University’s College of Health & Human Services. The gift recognizes SCAN’s 40th anniversary and its four decades of commitment to meeting the needs of seniors in Long Beach and beyond. The donation was unveiled at a colloquium held April 12 at the Walter Pyramid on the Long Beach State University campus, entitled, “Aging Reimagined: A Community Approach to Health and Independence.”

“We are extremely grateful to SCAN for this generous gift and its ongoing collaboration with the College of Health & Human Services,” stated College Dean Monica Lounsbery. “SCAN has long been recognized, locally and nationally, for its dedication to meeting the needs of seniors, and we congratulate the organization on achieving this milestone of 40 years of service to older adults in our communities.”

The charitable contribution is designated to support four key university initiatives: faculty research, the colloquium on aging, campus wellness week activities and the Dean’s Excellence Fund, which may cover student scholarships, research and future innovation challenges within the College of Health & Human Services.

“As an organization started by Long Beach seniors four decades ago, we can’t think of a more appropriate way to mark and celebrate our anniversary than this gift to one of our long-time partners, Long Beach State University,” noted Chris Wing, CEO of SCAN. “Our legacy of cooperation with the university and others in the community who share our commitment to mobilizing experts, thought leaders and academics to address the needs of seniors, has been vital to SCAN’s success and growth. We very much look forward to the next 40 years of enhanced service and support, enabling seniors to remain independent as they age.”

The colloquium, which was cohosted by the City of Long Beach and Long Beach State University, was a full day of educational and engaging sessions. It featured panel discussions and presentations led by prominent industry leaders, educators, city officials and health care experts who presented leading research and data, and discussed best practices for supporting seniors in today’s world. The goal was to collaborate on how best to provide a community-based, comprehensive network of care and services for seniors.

“Aging Reimagined was an expansive and valuable event focused exclusively on the needs of today’s seniors and their caregivers,” said Wing. “Together with our partners at the City of Long Beach and Long Beach State University, we look forward to bringing this constructive information to the broader community and identifying opportunities for continued collaboration to improve the lives of our oldest residents.”

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