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October 2011 Volume 5, Number 9

A publication of the University of Utah Center on Aging

Meet the Newest Steering Committee Member

Lynda Oderda, PharmD, is an Assistant Professor in the Pharmacotherapy Department where she teaches geriatric-related courses and clinical clerkships focusing on pharmacotherapy in a multidisciplinary senior clinic. Her professional experience includes home health care and long term care, prior to moving to Utah from Maryland in 1991. Since moving back into clinical practice she has focused primarily on ambulatory and long term care settings. Dr. Oderda is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, American Geriatrics Society and Gerontological Society of America and. She has been an active member of the Utah Aging Alliance and Utah Geriatrics Society since their inception. Her current research goals relate to a variety of geriatric-related issues: assessing the impact of an anti-dementia medication withdrawal protocol; psychotropic drug use and hip fractures; and medication reconciliation in older adults.  

Lynda is representing the College of Pharmacy following Carl Asche's move to the University of Illinois.


  • CoA Steering Committee member, Robert Hill, PhD, has been named a fellow of the American Council on Education (ACE) for academic year 2011-12. Dr. Hill, a noted expert on aging and memory, will spend the year on sabbatical, during which time he will work with Rutgers University senior administrators on a health sciences community collaboration project. Read the Press Release.
  • Congratulations to CoA member and PhD student Kathie Supiano, who received a John A. Hartford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Geriatric Social Work.  This nationally-competitive fellowship will provide Kathie with financial and scholarly support as she works toward completing her dissertation research study of complicated bereavement. Kathie is the third CoA member to receive this award.  Troy Andersen was awarded the fellowship in 2010 and Fran Wilby was awarded the fellowship in 2007.


The newly redesigned Center brochure is available online. The online version is in Web-resolution format and is not recommended for printing. You may request printed copies from Ginger Bair.


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Preventing Elder Investment Fraud: Assessing for Vulnerability to Financial Exploitation

The Utah Geriatrics Society is hosting a dinner and continuing education program November 16, 2011 at the Little America Hotel. See the flier and registration form for details.

For more events, see the Center's Event Calendar



The 9th Annual Rocky Mountain Geriatrics Conference "Safety in the Balance: Fainting, Falling, and Maintaining Independence" was well received by the 193 attendees.


Save the date for the 10th Annual Annual Rocky Mountain Geriatrics Conference - September 12-14, 2012

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