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October 2010, Volume 4, Number 10

A publication of the University of Utah Center on Aging

News and Events

SAVE THE DATE- February 22-23, 2011 - CoA Research Retreat

Mark your calendar now to attend the 5th Annual Center on Aging Research Retreat, February 22-23, 2011 in the Spencer F. and Cleone P. Eccles Health Science Education Building. Patient-centered Medical Home Care will be the theme, and will feature two keynote speakers: Steven R. Counsell, MD (pictured), and Robyn L. Golden, MA.

Dr. Steven R. CounsellDr. Counsell is the Mary Elizabeth Mitchell Professor of Geriatrics; Professor of Medicine; Director, Indiana University (IU) Geriatrics Program; Director, IU John A. Hartford Foundation Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine; Scientist, IU Center for Aging Research; and Affiliated Scientist, Regenstrief Institute, Inc. He is also a Health and Aging Policy Fellow, and John A. Hartford Senior Geriatric Leadership Scholar Award-winner, among other honors.

Golden is Director of Older Adult Programs, Rush University Medical Center; Faculty, Departments of Preventative Medicine and Health Systems Management, Rush University Medical Center; and Adjunct Faculty, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. She has been honored with the Leadership Award, American Society on Aging; Heinz Senate Fellow in Aging Policy, Office of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton; Chair, American Society on Aging; and has served on numerous national boards and councils.

CoA Members Present at GSA Annual Scientific Meeting

The 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America will be held in New Orleans, LA, November 19-23, 2010. "Transitions of Care Across the Aging Continuum" is the meeting's theme. The following is a list of Center on Aging member presentations, posters, and their authors:

Poster: The Symptom Experience in Older Men with Prostate Cancer Receiving Radiation Therapy S. Beck, M. Caserta, L. Ellington, B. Wong, J. Guo, N. Honea

Symposium: Aging & Technology: How the Use of Technologies can Define, Fulfill & Enhance Living, Well-being & Cognitive Memories
Symposium Presentation: Toward "Post-Aging": The Various Roles of Technology in an Aging Society S. Wright, K. Felsted

Symposium: Philosophy and Aging: the Past, Present and Future Considered S. Wright, Chair
Symposium Presentation: Post-Aging: A Prolegomena to Any Future Technologies Session Title: Philosophy and Aging: The Past, Present and Future Considered S. Wright, K. Felsted

Presentation: You're part of the community: Older rural Canadian palliative patients transition experience W. Duggleby, K. Penz, D. Goodridge, B. Leipert, P. Berry

Poster: Simulation: A Millennial Innovation for Enhancing Gerontological Content in a Nursing Curriculum L. Underwood

Symposium: Dual Process Model of Bereavement: Meaning, Measurement, and Intervention M. Caserta & R. Utz,
Co-chair Symposium Presentation: Coping Processes among Recently Bereaved Spouses/Partners in Two Group-Based Study Conditions M. Caserta, R. Utz, D. Lund, D., B. de Vries

Symposium Presentation: For whom can grief be modified? An evaluation of the "Living After Loss" intervention R. Utz, M. Caserta, D. Lund, D., B. de Vries

Poster: Cognitively Impaired Older Adults: Balancing Autonomy and Beneficence on the Scales of Justice M. Henry

Poster: The Impact of Home Health Medicare Policy Changes on Elders with Diabetes in a Utah Endocrinology Practice M. Litchman

Poster: Pre-Death Dual Process Coping in Hospice Nurse-Caregiver Communication? A Case Study Session Title: Death and Grief Session K. Wright, M. Caserta, L .Ellington, G. Pepper, P. Berry, M. Clayton, M. Reblin

Poster: Social Support and Depressive Symptoms among Older Adults in Taiwan: A Longitudinal Study Z. Zimmer, F. Chen, M. Caserta, S. Wright

Troy Anderson Named as Hartford Doctoral Fellow

Troy Andersen has been chosen as a John A. Hartford Foundation Doctoral Fellow in Geriatric Social Work for his outstanding work as a doctoral candidate. His dissertation topic is "Proactive Dementia Care: A Pilot Study of Social Work and Health Education Interventions with Mild Dementia and Their Care Providers" and his dissertation chair is Marilyn Luptak. The award will allow him to focus his energies more fully on his dissertation research project, and provides supplemental guidance, mentoring and professional development to more successfully launch an academic career in gerontology and social work. Congratulations Troy!

Reynolds Grant Team Wins National Quality Award

The Alliance for Continuing Medical Education selected the Utah Reynolds Grant team's Advancing Geriatric Education through Quality Improvment program, in conjuction with Jerrald Roberts from the Continuing Medical Education (CME) Office, for the 2011 (National) Award for Outstanding CME Outcomes Assessment on Advancing Geriatric Education Through Quality Improvement (AGE QI). The Reynolds Grant team members named on the award were Mark Supiano, Nanci McLeskey, Denise Brooks, Charlene Weir, and Cherie Brunker. Congratulations to all on this excellent achievement!

Faculty Candidate Seminar Next Week

The Department of Physical Therapy is hosting faculty candidate Micah Drummand, PhD, from the University of Texas Medical Branch; Sealy Center on Aging, for a talk on "Nutritional and Exercise Interventions to Promote Muscle Rehabilitation" Tuesday, November 2, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. in the Health Professions Education Building at 520 Wakara Way. Please click here for the flyer.

Bristlecone Pine

About our logo: The bristlecone pine tree (Pinus longaeva) the earth's oldest inhabitant with a life span of 4,000 years is found only in Utah and five other western states. Its extraordinary longevity and ability to adapt and survive in extremely harsh environmental conditions above 10,000 feet embodies the investigative spirit and mission of the Utah Center on Aging.

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Mark A. Supiano, MD
Executive Director - Center on Aging

Last Updated: 6/9/21