Back to the classroom for aging adults!

Baycrest launches educational series – Insights into Aging 101

Toronto, Ontario, April 8, 2011 — Baycrest is launching an educational series for boomers and older seniors who want a crash course in how to maintain good health, navigate the healthcare system, and better manage chronic conditions that come with aging.

The world-renowned academic health sciences centre and innovator in aging already trains students from multiple health disciplines and fellows from around the world on best practices for caring for older patients and optimizing their health and wellbeing. Academic and medical leadership at Baycrest felt there was no reason why this vital knowledge couldn’t be shared with the broader community. The extensive curriculum has been re-packaged into concise teaching modules for a general consumer audience.

Insights into Aging 101 will be delivered over five Tuesday evenings at Baycrest – starting in early May. Those who register for the series will hear two Baycrest experts per evening sharing their insights and knowledge. The 10 topics in the series include Successful Aging; Tips for Safe Medication Management in the Aging Population; Navigating the Health Care System; Family Caregiving: A Complex Role With No Formal Training; Maintaining a Positive Mood; Having a Living Will: Blessing or Curse?; A Painless Approach to Pain; Parkinson’s Disease: More Than Just a Movement Disorder; Cognitive Impairment: Causes, Risk Factors, and Effects of Bilingualism and Spirituality; and Falls Prevention: How To Remain An Upstanding Member Of Your Community. Detailed topic descriptions and speaker bios.

“The concept of a mini medical school for the general public was initially developed at the University of Colorado and has been replicated around the globe. We are very excited to offer this program, which is designed to focus specifically on issues related to the challenges of aging,” said Dr. David Conn, vice-president of Education and medical director of the Mood and Related Disorders Clinic at Baycrest. Dr. Conn is a guest speaker in the series, on the topic “Maintaining a Positive Mood”.

“By taking this course you will become a more informed healthcare consumer, and hopefully feel more empowered when managing your own health needs and that of aging loved ones,” added Dr. Dr. Paul Katz, vice-president of Medical Services and Chief of Staff at Baycrest – and the first guest speaker in the series, addressing the topic “Successful Aging”.

After completing the educational series, participants will have a good understanding of the resources available to them in the community and be more skilled at critically appraising the barrage of health and science news headlines they see every day.

The series speakers represent a wide variety of disciplines, including medicine, psychiatry, neurology, ethics and pharmacy.

Tuition is $135 + HST. Those who attend the entire series will receive a certificate. To register online, go to www.baycrest.org/insights, or call 416-785-2500, ext. 2363.

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For more information on this press release, please contact:

Kelly Connelly
Senior Media Officer
Baycrest
416-785-2432
kconnelly@baycrest.org