‘Advances in Aging’ Lectures Return to UA Health Sciences Central Tucson Location Sept. 12

The benefits of Tai Chi for healthy aging, fall prevention, neurocognitive disorders and cultural considerations for elder American Indians are all topics in this fall’s newly relocated Advances in Aging Lecture Series, now held in Kiewit Auditorium at the UA Cancer Center. They return to the UA Health Sciences campus after four years at the Banner – UMC South hospital’s Behavioral Health Pavilion.

Seniors, health-care professionals and others can come learn about the benefits of Tai Chi to healthy aging with Ruth Taylor-Piliae, PhD, RN, FAHA (pictured), who will speak at noon, Monday, Sept. 12, at the newly relocated University of Arizona Center on Aging’s Advances in Aging Lecture Series, which have a new time and locale.

The Advances in Aging lectures returned in August to Kiewit Auditorium in the UA Cancer Center, 1515 N. Campbell Ave., adjacent to Banner – University Medical Center Tucson. The lectures are free to the public. A light lunch is served. No registration is required. Each run from noon to 1 p.m.

The popular lecture series had been held since 2012 at the Behavioral Health Pavilion at Banner – University Medical Center South (formerly known as the University of Arizona Medical Center – South Campus).

Dr. Taylor-Piliae is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar and associate professor at the UA College of Nursing. Her clinical interests include cardiovascular disease prevention and risk factor reduction, Tai Chi exercise, physical activity among diverse groups of adults, falls and fall risk in stroke survivors, and improved physical and cognitive function in older adults for optimal health-related quality of life. The topic of her talk is: “Tai Chi Exercise for Fall Prevention: What is the Scientific Evidence?”

View and post this flyer [PDF] to learn about Dr. Taylor-Pilae's lecture and Continuing Medical Education credits available to health professionals who attend.

Other topics and speakers for the balance of 2016 in the lecture series are:

  • Oct. 10 — “Minor Neurocognitive Disorder,” Corinne Self, MD, UA assistant professor of medicine
  • Nov. 14 — “Alzheimer’s Disease Screening in Primary Care,” Lisa O’Neill, MPH, education director, UA Center on Aging, and Morgan Hartford, MSW, program manager, Alzheimer’s Association
  • Dec. 12 — “Cultural Considerations for Behavioral Health in Elder American Indian Clients,” Cheri Wells, LPC, a private practice counselor in Flagstaff, Ariz., who has more than 15 years of experience working in behavioral health with Native Americans

To download a flyer for the full fall series of lectures, click here [PDF].

The talks also serve as the “grand rounds” lectures for the UA Division of Geriatrics, General Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine, with which the UA Center on Aging is directly affiliated. The division is part of the UA Department of Medicine, which is the largest department in the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, with more than 200 faculty physicians and a roughly equal number of resident-physicians in internal medicine and fellows in all its subspecialties.

About the Arizona Center on Aging

The mission of the University of Arizona Center on Aging at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson is to promote long and healthy lives of older adults through coordinated programs in research, education, outreach and patient care. Established in 1980 as one of a network of Long Term Care Gerontology Centers authorized by the Older Americans Act, the UA Center on Aging was approved by the Arizona Board of Regents as a Center of Excellence at the Arizona Health Sciences Center in 1991. For more information, visit the center’s website, www.aging.arizona.edu

About the UA College of Medicine – Tucson

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson is advancing health and wellness through state-of-the-art medical education programs, groundbreaking research and advancements in patient care in Arizona and across the United States. Founded in 1967, the College ranks among the top medical schools in the nation for research and primary care and is leading the way in academic medicine through its partnership with Banner – University Medicine, a new division of one of the largest nonprofit health-care systems in the country. For more information: http://medicine.arizona.edu

About the University of Arizona Health Sciences

The UA Health Sciences is the statewide leader in biomedical research and health professions training. It includes the UA Colleges of Medicine (Phoenix and Tucson), Nursing, Pharmacy and Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, with main campus locations in Tucson and the growing Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix. From these vantage points, the UA Health Sciences reaches across the state of Arizona and the greater Southwest to provide cutting-edge health education, research, patient care and community outreach services. A major economic engine, the UA Health Sciences employs almost 5,000 people, has nearly 1,000 faculty members and garners more than $126 million in research grants and contracts annually. For more information: http://uahs.arizona.edu/