The OSUIT Diversity & Inclusion Committee is proud to welcome guest speaker Regan McManus, director for The Indian Nations Council of Governments (INCOG) Area Agency of Aging, which administers Older Americans Act projects and services for Tulsa, Creek and Osage counties.
This is a free event available to all OSUIT students, faculty and staff via Zoom.
“August 21 is National Senior Citizen’s Day, so this topic was a great fit for this month,” said Jodi Campbell, Diversity & Inclusion Committee member.
McManus will discuss the rapid growth of older adults, the services in Oklahoma that are available to them and how to tap into those services.
“Age may not be an obvious choice for a diversity series, but it is a common way in which people are categorized and, unfortunately, ‘othered’ or overlooked, “said Campbell. “It is also the only group to which we will all someday belong, so digging a little deeper into the changing face of aging, challenges facing the aging population, as well as learning about the available community resources has relevance to everyone.”
Throughout McManus’ career at INCOG, she has provided planning support for multiple home and community-based services such as senior nutrition, transportation, health promotion and caregiver services. She has also been responsible for the aging services strategic plan and manages programs such as the IAAA Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program and food desert interventions like the Tulsa C.A.N. Plan.
Her professional involvement consists of currently serving on the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging board of directors, member of the Oklahoma Association of Area Agencies on Aging and the Oklahoma Alliance on Aging. McManus has developed a strong sense of devotion in assisting older adults with access to transportation, nutrition, recreation and community involvement over her 10 years at INCOG.
McManus has a Bachelor of Science in Leisure Studies - Recreation Therapy and a Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Oklahoma State University.