The free “To Your Health!” series featuring health experts from the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) resumes March 24 with an increased number of programs offering advice on learning more about your health and preventing and treating common age-related 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 May 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 2009 Spring schedule is as follows:
Skin Cancer Prevention and Treatment
4 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 24
Elaine S. Gilmore, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Dermatology
In the U.S., one in two cancers is skin-related and the incidence of melanoma has doubled in the past 30 years. The lecture will cover factors that increase risk of skin cancer and myths and misconceptions regarding skin cancer prevention and treatment.
Future Treatment Strategies in Alzheimer’s Disease
4 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 31
Anton P. Porsteinsson, M.D., Memory Disorders Clinic
A dreaded reality for many aging Americans, there are multiple new treatments in the research and development stage. This presentation will describe suspected causes of Alzheimer’s Disease and options for treatment.
Promoting a Healthy Gut
4 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 7
Bushra Fazili, M.D., Gastroenterology Group of Rochester
Maintaining gastrointestinal health is a challenge of senior life. A healthy gut is important to stave off colon cancer, the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the U.S. This discussion will cover colon cancer, colonoscopies, and healthy lifestyle choices for prevention and treatment.
No Stone Left Unturned
4 to 5:30 p.m., Monday, April 13
Erdal Erturk, M.D., Department of Urology
Kidney stones are a common malady affecting both sexes of any demographic, but are more prevalent as we age. Significant strides have been made in prevention and treatment of kidney stones. The discussion will provide a greater understanding of the disease and latest treatments including minimally invasive surgery.
Breast Cancer: New Hope from Major Advances in Our Understanding of Clinical Behavior and Treatment
4 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 21
David G. Hicks, M.D., Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
A diagnosis of breast cancer is always devastating even though mortality has declined in recent years. This presentation will provide clear information on the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer and explain the importance of the pathologist within the multidisciplinary treatment team.
Navigating the Maze of Solutions for Better Hearing
4 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 28
Ann Clock Eddins, Ph.D., MSB, CCC-A, Department of Otolaryngology
Hearing aids are not are not the only answer for age-related hearing loss. This talk will focus on some of the common causes of hearing loss and address the range of options available to help people. The first 15 people to register will be offered a free hearing aid check and cleaning from 3 to 4 p.m.
Falls and Fractures
4 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 5
Stephen L. Kates, M.D., Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation
Bone injuries due to falls and fractures can have serious consequences for older adults, progressing to serious disability and decline. Kates will discuss causes of falls and ways to prevent them, as well as an overview of osteoporosis and how to maintain strong bones.
Successful Aging: Keeping Your Mind and Body Sharp After Retirement
4 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 12
William J. Hall, M.D., Center for Healthy Aging
While life expectancy has increased, many people fear memory loss and physical frailty as they age. Hall will describe sound health habits that can go a long way in keeping us mentally sharp and physically active to be able to enjoy friends, family and retirement.
Benefits of Recreational Therapy
4 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 19
Anita Burton, Department of Occupational Therapy
The benefits of recreational therapy are not always well known to the public. Burton will describe the benefits of developing physical strengths and abilities and special therapy programs that focus on re-entry activities to daily life such as outings to the mall, museums, meal programs and pet therapy.
Enjoying a Healthy Diet and a Beautiful Smile with Great Teeth!
4 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 26
Ralph Saunders, D.D.S., M.S., Monroe Community Hospital
People no longer expect to lose their teeth as they age, and with a little TLC, can have teeth to last a lifetime. Saunders will discuss normal and abnormal oral changes over time and the best ways to care for teeth and dentures. Cosmetic procedures including whitening and implants will also be covered.