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Our misson is to improve the health and well being of the elderly, not only within the Houston/Galveston area but also statewide and nationally, through education, research, clinical and social services, community participation and advocacy, and the establishment of cooperative linkages with other geriatric and gerontological centers. Read about our history »

The Sealy Center on Aging facilitates communication and collaborative scholarship among researchers at UTMB related to aging. A specific goal is to build bridges between basic scientists and clinicians who share common interests in aging. The center sponsors a variety of activities directed toward fostering, strengthening and expanding efforts in aging research, education and community service at UTMB. Read more at our About Us page »

Sealy Center on Aging Welcomes Elena Volpi, MD, PhD as Director ad Interim

Dr. VolpiElena Volpi, MD, PhD, Professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, with joint appointments in the Departments of Neuroscience and Cell Biology and Nutrition and Metabolism, holder of the Daisy Emery Allen Distinguished Chair in Geriatric Medicine, and associate director of the Institute for Translational Sciences has been appointed as Director at Interim of the Sealy Center on Aging ("SCOA") effective March 1, 2014. Dr. Volpi succeeds Dr. James Goodwin. Read More »


News & Events

Dr. GoodwinDr. Riall accepted into the 2014-2015 class of fellows in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program

A Message from the Executive Vice President, Provost and Dean, School of Medicine, April 11, 2014

ELAM participants undergo a year-long in-depth mentoring program focused on leadership. They will each work on an action project that will address a need or priority for our Institution. Dr. Taylor Riall joined UTMB in 2005 and is Professor of Surgery and Director of the Center for Comparative Effectiveness and Cancer Outcomes. Read More »

ETGEC-C April Events

The East Texas Geriatric Education Center-Consortium presents:

Special Topics in Geriatrics: Health Care and the Older Patient
Session 3: Surgery in the Elderly
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 12-2pm RSH 6.100

Monthly Video Series in Aging "Racing Against the Clock"
Thursday, April 24, 2014 12-1:30pm RSH 6.100

ETGEC-C link to website
visit etgec.utmb.edu


Clinical Trials - Research Volunteers Needed:
Volunteer for Research: AspreeVolunteer for Research: Step and GoVolunteer for Research: Impact

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Learning Dinner Parties for Persons with Dementia, their Families, Friends and Caregivers Tuesdays in April
Learning Dinner Parties for Person with Dementia, their Families, Friends and Caregivers April 1, 8, 15 and 29th 2014

More information at our News page | Download the flyer

Save the Date: PCOR Quarterly Lecture

PCOR Lecture

Please save the date of Wednesday, April 23rd. Dr. Janet Prvu Bettger, Duke University School of Nursing, will present at the Patient Centered Outcomes in the Elderly (PCOR) Quarterly Lecture. More information and an itinerary to come.

Contact: Stephanie Burt

Introducing the Sealy Center on Aging Learning Center

SCoA Learning Center

Contact: Ritchie Adoue Phone: 409-266-9660 e-mail: raadoue@utmb.edu

Andrea Wirt and Helen Appelberg answer questions about dementia

Helen AppleburgDementia question and answers
Galveston Daily News, March 23, 2014
UTMB's Andrea Wirt and Helen Appelberg answer questions about dementia and offer advice. "What can families do to bring spiritual comfort to their loved ones with dementia?" Appelberg: Those with dementia enjoy attending their place of worship and being part of their church family. Most often they can recall the words and are deeply comforted by singing familiar hymns and religious songs they sang in their place of worship during their childhood. It is also calming and nurturing to have someone say familiar prayers with them and read religious stories to them. [Note: Paid subscription required. Contact Marketing and Communications for details.]

Educational Seminars for Caregivers of Persons with Memory Loss

Pepper Investigator's Lecture Feb 5Monthly, 3-hour educational sessions provide information about the medical conditions that lead to memory loss, treatment, community resources and tips to relieve caregiver stress. Please note this is not a support group. Pre-registration is required. To register, email Adele Herzfeld or call the Geriatric Outpatient Clinic in Galveston (409) 747-7030 or League City (832) 505-2002. Please provide a phone number so pre-registration can be confirmed. Download the flyer & schedule.

Dr. VolpiThe risk of high-protein diets

Wall Street Journal, March 12, 2014

Research shows that a diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates can help shed pounds and normalize blood-glucose levels, improvements that lower the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. But will you live longer on a high-protein, low-carb diet? Two studies in the current edition of the scientific journal Cell Metabolism suggest the opposite. "High protein diets may be effective to lose weight rapidly," said Dr. Elena Volpi, a professor of geriatrics at UTMB. "But very high protein diets may also be harmful." Americans tend to consume the bulk of their protein at dinner, and the body isn't always able to process an entire day's worth in one sitting, said Volpi, who wasn't involved in either study. "It appears you can better use the protein you need if you distribute it across three meals, especially if you are a senior," she said.

Dr. Goodwin10 medical tests to avoid

AARP Bulletin, March 2014

Most people should have screening for colon cancer at 50 and then every five to 10 years after that, if the first test is normal. By age 75 - if you've always had normal colonoscopies - you can stop taking this test altogether. That should be good news, because a colonoscopy can cause serious complications in older people. "Just the preparation for colonoscopy can be exceptionally harsh," says UTMB's Dr. James Goodwin, who studies overuse of colonoscopies. Some patients become incontinent or experience weeks of pain, diarrhea and constipation. In worst cases, the procedure can perforate the colon. Despite such risks, recent studies have found that substantial numbers of people over 75, even over 85, are still getting screening colonoscopies.

Lefeber Videos Posted

Lefeber Videos PostedNew videos from the Lefeber Winter Series on Aging have now been posted online.

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