UCSF Experts to Speak at Art of Aging Gracefully Fair in 2015

February 13, 2015
Contact: Michael Hinds

Hosted by the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco and sponsored by UCSF Medical Center the Eighth Annual Art of Aging Gracefully Resource Fair offers participants opportunities to engage with UCSF experts and representatives from local businesses and organizations who offer valuable resources to help you stay healthy and energized.

Presentations by UCSF Health Experts

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.

Marci Glazer, JCCSF Interim Executive Director, Jewish Community Center San Francisco

Dr. Louise C. Walter, Chief, UCSF Division of Geriatrics

Art of Aging Gracefully Fair

Free and open to the public

Thursday, April 30, 2015
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Resource Fair: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California St., San Francisco, CA 94118

(415) 292-1200

JCCSF Adult Programs
Shiva Schulz: (415) 292-1260 or email sschulz@jccsf.org

UCSF Speakers Program
Michael Hinds: (415) 353-3630 or email Michael.Hinds@ucsfmedctr.org

The Health Effects of Loneliness in Our Community
9:45 – 10:30 a.m.

Carla Perissinotto, MD, MHS, Assistant Professor, UCSF Division of Geriatrics

Loneliness — the unpleasant feeling of emptiness or desolation — can creep in and cause suffering to people at any age. But it can be especially debilitating to older adults and may predict serious health problems. In this talk, you will learn about loneliness and social isolation and their effects on health. Organizations in the community working on these issues will be identified and potential strategies for addressing loneliness will be discussed.

What is a Stroke and How Do I NOT Get One?
11 – 11:45 a.m.

Wade S. Smith, MD, PhD, Professor and Vice Chair, UCSF Department of Neurology

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and the most common disabling disease. Fortunately, stroke is mostly preventable. Through the recognition and modification of stroke risk factors (high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, obesity, sleep apnea and a sedentary life style), your risk of stroke can be lowered dramatically. In addition to discussing these risk factors and how to reduce them, another serious — and silent — risk factor will be discussed: atrial fibrillation.

What You Can Do for Your Joints
1 – 1:45 p.m.

Andrew Gross, MD, Director of Clinical Programs, UCSF Division of Rheumatology

It's important to protect your joints to maximize their use, mobility and function for as long as you can. But it's not just about being able to coax your joints into action in the years to come — preventing or limiting the amount of pain or discomfort you feel today is a plus, too. Over time, even normal, healthy joints deteriorate, but you can minimize the effects by following the basic steps discussed in this talk. And if your joints are already in pain, tips will be provided to alleviate it and make life a little easier.

Harnessing Plasticity of the Older Brain to Enhance Cognition
2 – 2:45 p.m.

Adam Gazzaley, MD, PhD, UCSF Professor of Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry

Our brains exhibit an amazing ability to modify their structure and function in response to new experiences, a phenomenon known as neuroplasticity. Efforts to harness this plasticity to maintain, and even enhance, our brain function as we get older has led to an explosion of commercial brain training software. Unfortunately, many of these computer brain exercises do not transfer their benefits to untrained abilities. Dr. Gazzaley will present research by his laboratory at UCSF that explores the brain mechanisms that underlie sustainable and meaningful cognitive enhancement. He will share data from his latest experiments that show older adults can improve their abilities on cognitive control tasks via the use of custom-designed video games from his lab. He will conclude with a provocative discussion of his vision of the future, which combines video game training with brain stimulation, and neurofeedback to strengthen and rewire neural circuits.

UCSF Exhibitors

Oral Surgery

The Oral Surgery Department provides comprehensive oral care and treatment. Growing older doesn't mean you have to lose your smile!

Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine provides a dynamic approach to health, healing and illness prevention by integrating modern medicine with established practices from around the world.

Patient Health Library

The Patient Health Library provides expert research services for gathering reliable health and medical information. A professional medical librarian is available for individual consultation.

The Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

The Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science is recruiting men and women 60 years and older for 2 research studies to investigate effects of spine strengthening exercise on posture and physical function. Participants will receive physical therapist led group exercise or health education classes. More information online.