‘Always Better’ Talks to Address Arthritis, Stroke

Workshops Feature University of Rochester Medical Experts

October 15, 2007

The University of Rochester’s Always Better series, open to the public, will present sessions on arthritis on Nov. 5 and stroke on Nov. 6.

“Living with Arthritis: Myths and Truths” will be presented by Allen Anandarajah, M.D., assistant professor of Medicine in the Division of Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology at the University of Rochester Medical Center, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at the Highlands at Pittsford. Anandarajah will discuss the most common types of arthritis, one of the most widespread health problems affecting middle-aged and older adults. Treatment options will be covered, as well as the facts and myths about arthritis. The talk is free of charge.

“The Basics about Stroke: Managing your Risks, Recognizing the Signs, and Seeking Treatment” will be presented by nurse practitioner Ann Leonhardt, M.S., of the Stroke Center at Strong Memorial Hospital from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Participants will discuss the risk factors and warning signs of stroke, which is the leading cause of disability in the United States, as well as healthy behaviors to reduce their risk. The course fee is $15.

Advance registration is required for both classes. Call (585) 275-2344 to register.

The Always Better program, made possible through collaboration between the University of Rochester College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering, the Medical Center, and the Memorial Art Gallery, offers a broad range of courses, seminars, medical workshops and events designed to enhance and enrich the lives of people in the Rochester area, helping them to live life Always Better. This unique approach to education, encouraging participants to learn what they love by giving them freedom and flexibility, is at the core of the Always Better program. Classes are non-credit and participants can expect little to no homework, no tests, and no grades, allowing them to explore an area of interest without pressure. Most classes are discussion based, encouraging participants with diverse life experiences and a strong desire to learn to share their views and opinions. For a complete listing of Always Better courses, please contact the University of Rochester Office of Special Programs at (585) 275-2344 or log on to http://www.rochester.edu/College/osp/.

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