UCSF Experts to Speak at Art of Aging Gracefully Fair in 2016

March 16, 2016
Contact: Christina Cheng

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.

Rabbi Zac Kamenetz, senior educator, 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

When: 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
Christina Cheng: (415) 514-6262 or email Christina.Cheng@ucsf.edu

Posture and Health: Stand Tall for Life
9:45 – 10:30 a.m.

Lowen Cattolico, PT, MSPT, OCS
Manager for Adult Outpatient UCSF Physical Therapy Faculty Practice

Maintaining or improving spinal health and posture can have profound effects on overall health, including improving balance, mood, strength, fitness, physical function and vital capacity, while decreasing the risks of falls, fractures and overall mortality. Exercise programs that address the effects of aging on the spine and posture can also improve outlook, confidence, appearance and independence. While many muscles and joints contribute to postural alignment and stability, some basic exercises and consistent effort can improve the flexibility, strength and endurance to support an active lifestyle.

This talk will introduce some basic exercises for key areas that affect posture and balance, educate how to incorporate best postural practices during everyday activities like lifting, bending and computer use, and motivate the audience to incorporate postural exercises and checks into their daily routine.

Too Much of a Good Thing: Medication Risks and Polypharmacy
11 – 11:45 a.m.

John Newman, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, UCSF Division of Geriatrics

Medications save lives, and help most of us to live better lives as we age. But there can be too much of a good thing. Getting older means both the doctor and patient need to be more thoughtful about how medications are used. And the more medications you take, the more likely that "just one more pill" might do more harm than good. Dr. Newman will discuss some of the pitfalls of common medications, how to think about both new and long-time medications as we get older, and strategies to ensure that your medications are helping you live a long and healthy life.

The Seven Keys to Health and Wellness
1 – 1:45 p.m.

Margaret A. Chesney, PhD
Professor of Medicine in Residence, UC San Francisco
Chair, Academic Consortium of Integrative Medicine and Health

This presentation will describe how you can create your own personalized set of keys to open the door to health and wellness. Many think of our health as determined by our genes. It is true that genetics control about 30 percent of health outcomes. But that means that as much as 70 percent is under your control. This puts each of us in the driver's seat. The seven keys unlock choices you can make each day that can help you live longer and with a higher quality of life. In addition, new evidence indicates that some of these keys may also be associated with longer telomeres, a biomarker of aging, with longer telomeres associated with a longer life expectancy. Learn about the keys to lifestyles that outsmart stress. Most important, learn the latest science, tips and tools that each of us can use to create a personalized plan for health and wellness.

Nutrition in Health and Wellness
2 – 2:45 p.m.

Donald I. Abrams, MD
Chief, Hematology-Oncology, San Francisco General Hospital
Integrative Oncology, UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
Professor of Clinical Medicine, UC San Francisco

Increasing evidence suggests that "dietary issues" have now surpassed tobacco use as the number one cause of both morbidity and mortality in the United States today. Obesity and low physical activity rank number four and five and are not included as dietary issues. Hence lifestyle modification, particularly with attention to what we eat and weigh, may have significant impact on our health during our golden years. Rather than jump on the diet craze bandwagon, it is probably most healthful to follow an organic, plant-based, antioxidant-rich, anti-inflammatory whole foods diet. Although this is not based on data generated from randomized placebo-controlled clinical trials, epidemiologic data supports such a nutritional program. A number of organizations offer guidelines that also support such a diet. This presentation will review the most recent evidence-informed recommendations regarding the optimal diet.

UCSF Exhibitors


The Department of Dentistry 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 two research studies investigating the effects of spine strengthening exercise on posture and physical function. Participants will receive physical therapist-led group exercise or health education classes.

Late Life Depression Program

The Late Life Depression Program at UCSF Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute is conducting research to evaluate the causes of disability in older adults with depression. Specifically, we are studying the impact of cognitive functioning and brain changes related to aging and on disability in older adults with depression. Although disability is common in older adults with depression, the cause of disability remains unclear.

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