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‘Always Better’ Talks to Address Reflux and Coughing Problems, Eye Health and Aging

Workshops Feature University of Rochester Faculty and Medical Experts

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The University of Rochester’s Always Better series, open to the public, will present sessions on coughing and reflux on Oct. 15 and eye problems in later life on Oct. 16.

“Cough, Cough, and More Coughing! Reflux and its Effect on Your Voice and Your Health” will be presented by George L. Charpied from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Charpied is director of the Department of Speech Pathology at the Medical Center. Reflux disorders are a common health issue in older persons. The first symptom of reflux can be a persistent cough, followed by a change in voice. Charpied will explain what reflux is, how it progresses, common signs and symptoms, and ways to manage it. The course fee is $15 and advance registration is required. Call (585) 275-2344 to register.

“The Aging Eye” will be presented free of charge by Dorothy Khong, M.D., from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at The Highlands at Pittsford, 100 Hahnemann Trail, Pittsford. Khong is director of the Ophthalmology Consult Service at the University of Rochester Medical Center and an assistant professor at the University of Rochester Eye Institute. Khong will discuss commonly diagnosed eye problems faced in later adulthood, including cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic eye disease. Learn about how and why these eye problems occur, preventive strategies for maintaining your ocular health, and the latest technological advances in diagnosis and treatment. Advance registration is required and may be made by calling (585) 275-2344.

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

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