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July 2018 Issue/Volume 12, Number 07


Congratulations and Welcome....

Congratulations to Cathy Cantway, MD; Shaun Chatelain, DO; and Tiffany Volden, MD for completing their Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine.  Cathy will be returning to Colorado to open her own practice; Shaun will be moving to Arizona to join the University's Geriatric Medicine Faculty and Tiffany is joining our own Geriatrics Division where she will devote her efforts to caring for older veterans in the VA Salt lake City Medical Center. 

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And, welcome to our new Geriatric Fellows Nicholas Brening, MD and Whitney Haseman, MD.  

breningNick Brening is originally from Scottsbluff, NE- completing Undergrad at Chadron State College and medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He moved to Salt Lake City in 2015 for residency training in Internal Medicine and is excited to be completing a fellowship year in Geriatrics at the U of U. He enjoys hiking, biking, cooking, and spending time with his partner Tony. 



hasemanWhitney Haseman was born in Helena, Montana where she spent her childhood. She completed her BA degrees at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She attended medical school in Texas at UT Health Science Center in San Antonio and spent a year of her clinical rotations along the Texas-Mexico border in Harlingen, Texas. She then moved to Salt Lake City to complete her residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Utah. When she is not working, Whitney is hiking, gardening, and traveling the world with her wife. 


Journal Club

The new academic year journal club was led off by Rand Rupper, MD.  He enlisted his daughter, Sierra, to create a graphic story board to illustrate his presentation, "Evaluating Medical Literature Through the Lens of a Clinician".

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Utah Commission on Aging

Commission quarterly meeting is set for Aug 9, 2018 at the Bateman Horne Education Center. Updates on current initiatives and strategic updates from the research, public policy, and community resource committees will be discussed. The three committees are holding virtual meetings the last week of July and first week of August. The chairs of the committees are as follows: Jackie Eaton, Research; Alan Ormsby Public Policy; Cindy Turnquist, Community Resources. Janice Evans continues to chair the communications coordinating efforts.

Executive Director Ence and Utah Legal Services Director, Tanta Lisa Clayton, presented updates of the DOJ grant work and the uniform Power of Attorney document to the U4A monthly meeting in Logan Utah. U4A is spreading the word helping UCOA find victim stories and contributing input for our website and podcast series. We are casting a wide net to seek financial fraud stories and encourage readers to contact us with any possible leads.

Ence and Evans spent a day in July at the Utah Native American Heritage conference at UVU in Orem, Utah meeting with leaders and hearing stories of tribal members on healthcare and aging services challenges as well as developing contacts to assist with our financial exploitation project.

Ence participated in the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Chicago where Drs. Kathie and Mark Supiano were involved in presentations. Ence, along with UCOA partners Sally Aerts (UDOH), Marianne Christensen (SLCo), and Kristy Cottrell (Davis Co.) presented on our Falls Prevention Alliance at the N4A conference also held in Chicago the following week.

Alzheimer’s Council has rolled out its plan for the upcoming fiscal year as a recipient of additional state monies enabling more caregiver and awareness workshops across the state. The Falls Prevention Alliance is also creating an operational structure and steering committee for future projects that will likely be under the umbrella of the UCOA.

Funding Announcements

There is a huge overlap between aging and diabetes which makes this a highly relevant grant opportunity. The deadline is August 10, 2018.

Driving Out Diabetes, a Larry H. Miller Family Wellness Initiative and the Diabetes and Metabolism Research Center are pleased to announce a request for applications for FY2019 to catalyze novel research projects in the areas of diabetes, obesity, and metabolism, and to train the next generation of researchers.  See RFA for full details.

Upcoming Events



16th Annual Rocky Mountain Geriatrics Conference
Aging in Place: Promoting Independence and Planning for the Future of Our Aging Population
September 24-25, 2018
Broomfield, CO

Registration Here

 Gerontological Society of America (GSA) 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting - will be taking place from November 14 - 18th in Boston, Massachusetts.  The meeting theme is "The Purposes of Longer Lives".

Member Updates/Center on Aging Membership Directory

As a mostly virtual Center, we depend on the accuracy and timeliness of our Web presence.  Center members are urged to review and update their membership directory information. Please view your information on the Center’s Web site. Send any updates or requests for changes to Heather at heather.podolan@hsc.utah.eduor 

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The bristlecone pine tree (Pinus longaeva) - the earth’s oldest inhabitant with a life span of almost 5,000 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.



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


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