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UCI extends lecture series on aging well

The program aims to inform aging citizens how they can live their best life

by Gabriel CortésPublished: September 24, 2012 08:30 AM

The Program in Geriatrics at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine will continue its John B. Parker Successful Aging lecture series in 2013. The popular presentations began last January and seek to inform and engage the public on the topic of aging and geriatric care. Most recently, the series hosted Dr. Ken Brummel-Smith, founding chair of the Department of Geriatrics at Florida State University’s College of Medicine and former president of the American Geriatrics Society. On Sept. 20, he spoke to a packed audience on the topics of aging well and living fully.

The university’s School of Medicine Program in Geriatrics began the John B. Parker lecture series to help older adults successfully navigate the changing healthcare-system landscape. The extension of the series comes at a crucial time, as more and more members of the baby boom generation enter their golden years. In addition to continuing the lectures into next year, the university will also begin a Healthy Aging Lunch and Learn series. That program will begin on Oct. 29.

The Program in Geriatrics is part of UC Irvine's School of Medicine and is dedicated to addressing the changing health needs of older adults and those who care for them. Geriatricians work alongside psychologists, pharmacists, nurses and social workers to tackle the issues facing the ever-growing population of elderly Americans. The program is also the home of the Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect, whose focus is to prevent elder abuse by teaching physicians the basic principles of caring for older adults.

According to the Administration on Aging, individuals over the age of 65 totaled 39.6 million in 2009 and represented nearly 13 percent of the U.S. population.  By 2030 the administration estimates that the number of individuals over the age of 65 will increase to 72.1 million and comprise 19 percent of the population. Today in Orange County, there are almost 500,000 people over the age of 65.

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