University of Rochester and The Highlands at Pittsford Present To Your Health!

Eight-part health and wellness series is geared toward active older adults

September 19, 2008

The free To Your Health! series featuring health experts from the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) resumes in September, with programs offering advice on learning more about your health and preventing and treating common age-related health issues.

Offered at convenient times, the afternoon programs are taught by URMC’s distinguished physicians and other providers affiliated with Strong Memorial Hospital, Highland Hospital, the Eastman Dental Center, Visiting Nurse Service and other affiliates of the Medical Center.

All lectures through November will be held at the Hahnemann Club, 301 Stoutenburgh Lane, located on the campus of The Highlands at Pittsford, off of Rt. 31, just east of the village of Pittsford. The Club is an ideal setting for learning and socializing with curious, like-minded peers, and parking is conveniently located right outside the clubhouse, along the street.

All seminars are free but registration is limited. Register by calling 585-275-2838.

The 2008 Fall schedule is as follows:

Back Pain – How to Avoid Surgery
4 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 23
Glenn Rechtine, M.D., Department of Orthopaedics
This program will outline the typical causes of back symptoms and discuss treatments that have been shown to be effective. The options described can help minimize the likelihood of surgery.

Fit to a T
4 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 30
J. Edward Puzas, Ph.D., Department of Orthopaedics
The discussion will explain how to understand a T-Score, how osteoporosis risk is determined, why some people are susceptible to the disease, long-term consequences, and avoiding disability with lifestyle changes and/or medications.

Peace of Mind – Home Care 101
4 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 7
Ellen Avery, R.N., Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester
Avery will answer questions about home health care and available coverage options; for example, personal care, cooking and housekeeping, and transportation to and from outpatient procedures.

Arthritis in Major Joints – What Can Be Done About It?
4 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 14
C. McCollister Evarts, M.D., Department of Orthopaedics
Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are two major forms of arthritis that can progress in later years. Evarts will center on prevention as well as treatment and include a description of an arthroplastic procedure.

Macular Degeneration and Other Age-Related Changes of the Back of the Eye
4 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 21
David M. Kleinman, M.D., M.B.A., University of Rochester Eye Institute
Macular degeneration and other eye problems are common with age. Kleinman will discuss risk factors, prognosis and treatment options currently available.

Treatment and Prevention of Stroke
4 to 5:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 3
Curtis Benesch, M.D., M.P.H.
Strong Stroke Center Director Benesch will discuss recognizing the symptoms of a stroke, decreasing risk of stroke, and treatment of acute stroke.

Diabetes Care Targets and Why You Should Care
1 to 2:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 10
Brett Robbins, M.D.
Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness and kidney failure in the U.S. Robbins will list six health goals to lessen the chance of developing blindness, kidney failure, heart attack and amputation.

Sleep and Sleep Disorders in the Elderly
4 to 5:30 p.m., Nov. 17
Carla Jungquist, M.S.N., F.N.P.-C.
Insomnia and sleep problems are two of the most common complaints health care providers receive, especially as people age. This program will define normal sleep and address sleep disorders.

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