'Advances in Aging' lectures return to UA Health Sciences – Arizona Daily Star


The popular Advances in Aging lecture series that lets the public learn about cutting-edge scientific advances right alongside leading clinicians has returned to University of Arizona Health Sciences.

This season’s first lecture took place Aug. 8 and focused on the prevalence of falls among older adults, which has become a public health priority. Aimed at physicians, nurses, social workers, other health-care professionals and interested community members, the monthly lectures can also be viewed online at streaming.biocom.arizona.edu

The next lecture, set for Monday, Sept. 12, will led by Ruth Taylor-Piliae and will focus on the benefits of Tai Chi for healthy aging and fall prevention.

A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar and associate professor at the UA College of Nursing, Taylor-Piliae’s clinical interests include cardiovascular disease prevention and risk reduction along with Tai Chi exercise and physical activity among adults.

Her talk, “Tai Chi Exercise for Fall Prevention: What is the Scientific Evidence?” will also cover falls and fall risk in stroke survivors, and improved physical and cognitive function in older adults for an optimal health-related quality of life.

Neurocognitive disorders and cultural considerations for elder American Indians are also topics in this fall’s newly relocated lecture series. Now held in Kiewit Auditorium at the UA Cancer Center, which seats about 200, it is larger than the site at the Banner–UMC South hospital’s Behavioral Health Pavilion where it was held for four years.

The lectures are free to the public. A light lunch is served. No registration is required. Each runs from noon to 1 p.m.

The Advances In Aging Lecture Series is sponsored by the UA College of Medicine in Tucson, Arizona Reynolds Program of Applied Geriatrics, Arizona Geriatric Education Center and the Arizona Center on Aging.

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