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Geriatric Medicine Symposium slated for March 1

“Health, Wellness and Aging With Disabilities or Chronic Illness” will be the topic of UT’s 17th annual Geriatric Medicine Symposium, which will take place Friday, March 1, from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Perrysburg, Ohio.

web 2013 Geriatric PostcardWith advances in medical care, technology and rehabilitation, people with disabilities or chronic illness are living longer. Research has shown, however, that the changes and problems associated with aging often occur 10 to 20 years earlier in their lives than in the lives of those without disabilities or chronic disease.

These changes pose significant challenges for health-care professionals and will be addressed at the symposium.

Topics to be covered will include aging after a spinal cord injury; promoting neuroplasticity through occupation while aging after a brain injury; treating an aged patient with mental illness; aging with chronic illness; intellectual and other developmental disabilities; the role of exercise in health aging with diabetes; and getting older with HIV.

Speakers will include Dr. Alina Rais of the UT Department of Geriatric Psychiatry, and Lynne Chapman of UT Department of Rehabilitation Services.

Also scheduled to give presentations are Rick Black of HCR ManorCare in Toledo, Dr. Robert Brandt Jr. of Wright State Physicians Family Practice, Dr. Thomas Gross of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Toledo Community Based Outpatient Clinic, Dr. Gregory Neumunaitis of the MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland and Dr. Carl Tyler of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.

The symposium will be presented by The University of Toledo’s Center for Successful Aging, the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, and the Center for Continuing Medical Education, as well as the Ohio Geriatric Medicine Society.

Fees are $60 for UT faculty and staff, $60 for Ohio Geriatric Society members, $25 for UT students and residents, and $80 for other geriatric health-care professionals.

Early registrations are requested; go to cme.utoledo.edu. If space is available, registrations will be taken at the event.

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