Preventive health care classes for older adults begin

By Michael Fortes

The UCSF Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) continues its second year this spring with a new course entitled “Preventive Health Care for Older Adults.”

This course explores health problems commonly experienced by older adults. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn and ask questions about what really works for preventing and coping with these conditions.

Classes take place on Saturday mornings, May 7 - May 21, with two topics covered in each class. The course is for the public.

May 7:
NUTRITIONAL APPROACHES TO DISEASE PREVENTION—Robert B. Baron, MD, MS, professor of medicine, Associate Dean for CME; Vice-Chief, UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine

PREVENTION OF OSTEOPOROSIS AND OSTEOPOROTIC FRACTURES—Steve Harris, MD, associate professor of medicine, UCSF Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism

May 14:
PREVENTING AND MANAGING DIABETES—Lisa A. Kroon, PharmD, CDE, associate professor of Clinical Pharmacy, UCSF School of Pharmacy

ARTHRITIS AND EXERCISE: A PRESCRIPTION FOR PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT OF PAIN—Kerstin Morehead, MD, assistant clinical professor of Medicine, UCSF Division of Rheumatology/Arthritis

May 21:
CURRENT CONTROVERSIES IN CANCER SCREENING: WHERE SHOULD THE PRIORITIES BE?—Judith M.E. Walsh, MD, MPH, assistant professor of Clinical Medicine, UCSF Women’s Health Clinical Research Center

PREVENTION OF HEART DISEASE: BALANCING RISK FACTORS AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES—Jonathan Zaroff, MD, assistant professor of Medicine; director, Coronary Care Unit, UCSF Medical Center

Classes will meet from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St., San Francisco. Tuition is $50 for the three-week course. Single morning sessions may be purchased on-site for $20 each.

Registration is available online at Life Long Learning or by phone at (415) 476-5808. For more information, call UCSF Public Affairs at (415) 476-2557.

Course Chair is Joan B. Wood, PhD, adjunct professor, departments of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Medicine; director, Northern California Geriatric Education Center; associate director, UCSF Mount Zion Center on Aging; campus planner, UCSF Academic Geriatric Resource Center.

UCSF Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is a community education program for adult learners sponsored by the UCSF Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy, the UCSF Medical Center, the UCSF Public Affairs Department and the University of California Academic Geriatric Resource Program. The program is supported in party by a grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation.