Jan Bowman has been named director of the Center for the Study of Aging
and Active Retirement (CSAAR), a Coastal Carolina University educational
outreach and public service project.
Bowman has considerable experience in developing and administering
programs that serve aging populations. She served as professor of
gerontology and director of the Institute of Gerontology at Oklahoma State
University. She also has directed the Division of Continuing Education and
served as professor of gerontology at the University of Louisiana at Monroe
(ULM). Prior to joining the Coastal staff, Bowman was director of continuing
and industrial education at Delta Community College in Monroe, La.
During her career Bowman has been awarded more than $10 million in
grants from various agencies for research projects on issues relating to
aging and for the development of age-related training programs within
specific industries. She also developed gerontology training programs for
employees within nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout
Bowman earned bachelor's and master's degrees in education from the
University of Louisiana at Monroe and a Ph.D. in consumer studies with a
concentration in economics of aging from Oklahoma State University.
Established in 2002, CSAAR is an interdisciplinary support program that
conducts research on aging and retirement issues and provides opportunities
for professional development in the gerontology field. In the past two years
the organization conducted a major fact-finding survey of older adults in
the area, gathering valuable information about their interests, wishes and
opinions relating to local services and amenities for aging people. Rocky
Cartisano, an active retiree with more than 30 years of business management
expertise, is associate director of the center.
Bowman says that with the continuing popularity of the Grand Strand as a
retirement destination and the aging of the area's resident population,
CSAAR will become an ever more valuable resource. "Programs provided by the
center-whether it be research, teaching or service-will have a profound
impact on enhancing the quality of life of residents in the area," she said.
"Coastal is well positioned to be a major player-nationally and
internationally-by capitalizing on the intellectual capital that already
exists among the residents in the area and in building the academic capital
of its student body. The synergy from both has the potential of improving
our quality of life for generations to come."
For more information, contact CSAAR at (843) 349-4115.