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  Welcome to the Retired Faculty Association

The aims of the Retired Faculty Association are:

To facilitate constructive contributions by its members to the University;
To ascertain the relevant needs of retired faculty and to communicate this information to the administration; and
To promote social and intellectual interaction among its members.

All retired faculty members and librarians are eligible for Active Membership with full voting rights. Retired faculty members and librarians living outside the Amherst area, retired faculty members and librarians of other colleges or universities, and widows or widowers of persons who were eligible for Active or Associate Membership, may become Associate Members upon payment of Associate Member dues. Spouses of Active or Associate Members qualify as Associate members without payment of dues.

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Featured News

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 Meeting Agenda
Campus Center Room 904-908
10:00 - 10:15 Coffee, Tea, Juice, Cookies  
10:15 - 10:40 Business meeting and Announcements  
10:40 - 11:00 Rebecca Spencer
Associate Professor, Psychology
Why Do We Sleep?
11:00 - 12:00 Cynthia Jacelon
Professor, Nursing
The Dignity of Elders

Rebecca Spencer, Associate Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences Her research focuses on how the brain learns cognitive and motor tasks and how this brain function changes over sleep. Sleep and memory are both processes that change over the life span. In older adults, sleep quality decreases and memory impairments increase. Are these processes related? On the other hand, preschool-age children are highly plastic and nocturnal sleep is supplemented with a midday nap. Whether this midday nap serves a memory function is important to early education policies.

Cynthia S. Jacelon, Professor, College of Nursing, PhD, RN-BC, CRRN, FGSA, FAAN. Her research focuses on helping elders enhance their health, dignity, and independence through their aging years. Professor Jacelon developed a "Dignity Scale" to assess the experience of elderly within their community and during their residence in different levels of health care or elder care facilities (Nursing Homes). Her research has supported publishing 49 refereed journal articles and 16 texts or chapters in texts.



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