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‘Always Better’ Talks Address Celiac Disease, Caring for Aging Parents

Monday, February 26, 2007

Free workshops on celiac disease and caring for aging parents, presented by experts at the University of Rochester Medical Center, are set for March 12 and 13.

Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic will be offered from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 12 in Whipple Auditorium at Strong Memorial Hospital. Ashok N. Shah, M.D., professor in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Medical Center, will discuss the immune system disorder that damages the lining of the small intestine when foods with gluten are eaten. Gluten is commonly found in grains, such as products made with wheat. Described as a hidden epidemic in the United States, it is estimated that 1 percent of the population has celiac disease, and 97 percent of them are undiagnosed. Shah will explain the disease and its symptoms and discuss diagnostic and treatment techniques.

Free parking is available in the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry lot, off Elmwood, near intersection of Kendrick.

How to Care for Aging Parents, a panel discussion from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in the Roberson Conference Room at Highland Hospital, will be led by Michael J. Sullivan, director of Social Work at Highland, an affiliate of the Medical Center.

“It is becoming increasingly difficult to sort out the complex issues we face as the children of aging parents,” Sullivan said. “Our panel hopes to highlight what some of those challenges are and provide some information and direction about what our options are in addressing them.” Topics will include knowing when to intervene, dealing with the emotional impact, obtaining a geriatric assessment, community and home-care services, home versus nursing home, financial considerations and legal issues.

Free parking is available in the Highland Hospital Visitor Garage.

Always Better workshops are made possible through collaboration between the Medical Center and the University of Rochester Office of Special Programs. To register, please call (585) 275-2344.

Over the past three years, the Rochester Continuing Studies and Always Better programs have offered 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 programs, please log on to

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