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Monday, January 26

A blizzard warning goes into effect for our area this evening and Connecticut has issued a statewide travel ban starting at 9 p.m.. The University will close at 3 p.m. today and will be closed all day on Tuesday, Jan. 27.  Classes starting at 2:30 p.m. or later today will not meet. All day and evening classes tomorrow are canceled. An updated advisory on the status of classes and operations for Wednesday will be posted Tuesday evening. During the time that the University is closed, the Commons will maintain regular hours for residential dining services and the Sports Center will be open for use by residential students only. Gengras Student Union and the Mortensen Library will be closed.   snow closing guide

All Hartt Community Division activities after 2 p.m. today and all day tomorrow are canceled.


The Challenge of Balancing Autonomy with Beneficence in Clinical Practice with Older Adults.

Claudia Oakes, OTR/L, Ph.D.Claudia Oakes, assistant professor and director of the health science program in ENHP, published an article entitled, “In their best interest: The challenge of balancing autonomy with beneficence in clinical practice with older adults” in the Gerontology Special Interest Section Quarterly, 34(3), 1-4.

The article describes the ethical constructs of autonomy, which refers to a person’s self-determination and beneficence, which involves acting in a person’s best interest.  Clinicians must be aware that well-intentioned acts of beneficence may impede the autonomy of older adults.  Intervening in older adults’ daily decision-making may deprive them of the opportunity to make choices that support their sense of self.  Recommendations for clinical practice are included.

To discuss the article, please contact:

Claudia Oakes
Assistant Professor
Department of Health Science
University of Hartford
Dana Hall, Rm 429E