‘Empowered Aging,’ Subject of UA Arthritis Center Lecture and Panel Discussion, Sept. 4

Free and open to the public, the event will feature TED Talk-style presentations and a panel discussion by three leaders in the fields of geriatric medicine and orthopaedics.

“Empowered Aging: Experts Tackle Bone and Joint Health” will be presented Wednesday, Sept. 4, 6-7:15 p.m., at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Innovation Building, The Forum, 1670 E. Drachman St., Tucson.

Three TED Talk-style presentations and a panel discussion will be presented by UA leaders in the fields of orthopaedics and geriatric medicine. The panel includes John T. Ruth, MD, chair of orthopaedic surgery, Mindy J. Fain, MD, chief of general internal medicine/geriatrics, and Marcia Woodburn, AGACNP-BC, MSN, RN, CCRN, leader of the Banner/UA fracture liaison program (see following biographies).

As people age, protecting bones, joints and muscles becomes crucial to overall health and well-being. This educational presentation will address the factors most critical to healthy aging, including effective strategies to maintain bone health and prevent falls and fractures; assessing risk for osteoporosis and frailty; and the treatment and care of fractures and related conditions.

With current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports estimating that one in four older adults fall each year, costing the U.S. health-care system $50 billion, prevention and education serve as the front line of defense. The CDC also estimates more than 300,000 older adults suffer a hip fracture each year, caused by a fall in more than 95 percent of cases.

The UA experts will address these issues and other common orthopaedic issues associated with aging. A panel discussion will follow the three presentations and include time for questions and answers.

Free parking is available after 5 p.m. in the Lot Specific 2012 parking lot next to the Health Sciences Innovation Building and the Lot Specific 2147 parking lot across the street on Cherry Avenue between Helen and Mabel streets, as well as in all Lot Specific parking lots surrounding the Health Sciences campus and the Health Sciences Garage (formerly the Banner – University Medical Center Tucson Visitor/Patient Parking Garage) at 1501 N. Campbell Ave. For disabled parking, or drop-off location next to the Health Sciences Innovation Building, please email livinghealthy@arthritis.arizona.edu, or call 520-626-5040.

Seating for the lecture is limited and prior registration is requested. For more information or to register, please visit the UA Arthritis Center website, arthritis.arizona.edu, or call 520-626-5040 or email livinghealth@arthritis.arizona.edu.

For questions concerning access, or requests for a Sign Language interpreter or disability-related accommodations, please contact Tracy Shake, 520-626-5040, email: livinghealthy@arthritis.arizona.edu.

The lecture is part of the “Living Healthy with Arthritis” series of free monthly talks presented by the UA Arthritis Center at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.

About the Speakers

Mindy J. Fain, MD

Dr. Fain is the Anne and Alden Hart Professor of Medicine, chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Palliative Medicine at the UA College of Medicine –Tucson, and co-director of the UA Center on Aging. She received her bachelor's degree in biology and her medical degree from New York University, and completed her residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in infectious disease at the University Hospital of Cleveland. She served as medical director of Southern Arizona Veterans Administration Health Care System Home-Based Primary Care from 1988-2012. She is board certified in internal medicine, geriatric medicine, and hospice and palliative medicine. Dr. Fain also is president of the American Academy of Home Care Medicine.

John T. Ruth, MD

Dr. Ruth is professor and chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson where he has been a faculty member since 1991. An Arizona native, he attended undergraduate and medical school at the UA. He completed his internship and residency training at the Cleveland Clinic and his fellowship training at the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Service Systems, also known as Baltimore Shock/Trauma. He is the former head of the Orthopaedic Trauma Service at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson’s level I trauma center. Dr. Ruth is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and maintains a full-time practice in hip arthroplasty, orthopaedic trauma, and treatment of metastatic cancer to bone.

Marcia Woodburn, AGACNP-BC, MSN, RN, CCRN

Woodburn graduated from the University of Michigan School of Nursing where she earned both her MSN as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and BSN. As a nurse practitioner, she has worked in a variety of areas including orthopedics, emergency general surgery, vascular surgery and gastroenterology. As a registered nurse, she has worked in medical ICU, transplant and neurology/neurosurgery. She specializes in treating the 50-and-older population in the Fracture Liaison Clinic at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson. In this role, Woodburn works to evaluate and treat patients with low-energy fractures, or anyone whose bone health is a concern, including screening and treating for osteoporosis.

About the University of Arizona Arthritis Center

The University of Arizona Arthritis Center, a Center of Excellence at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, is a research leader with a focus on identifying the causes of arthritis and developing improved diagnosis, measurement and treatment of the disease. For more information, please visit arthritis.arizona.edu

About the University of Arizona Health Sciences

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