Senior citizens, health-care practitioners, gerontology students and senior care administrators will join forces March 1 for a one-day Gerontology Conference at Brigham Young University's Harman Center.

The public is welcome at the free event, which is sponsored by BYU's College of Physical Education and design department as well as the Health Care Foundation of Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.Dr. Cecil Samuelson, senior vice president for medical affairs at Intermountain Health Care, will deliver the 9 a.m. keynote address, "The Future of Long-term Health Care for Seniors."

Samuelson will be followed by Susan Hunt, director of women's and senior affairs for Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, who will discuss "Health Care Consumerism and the Elderly" at 9:50 a.m.

Keren Brown Wilson, president of the Portland-based Concepts in Community Living Inc., will discuss interior design concepts for the frail and elderly at 10:25 a.m.

The morning's final address will be given at 11:20 a.m. by Kelley O. Dunshee, director of human resources for the Marriott Corp. in Washington, D.C. Marriott has built 12 retirement living units and has plans nationally for 120 others.

Following a buffet luncheon, the afternoon will feature break-out sessions with Dunshee and Wilson.