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The Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and the University of Pittsburgh offers a wide variety of educational offerings, training classes, and other events for healthcare professionals and the community at large. Many of the events are free and open to the public.

The Aging Institute develops innovative educational programming for healthcare professionals and the public, and works to create partnerships throughout the clinical, professional, and research communities to improve the lives of seniors everywhere.

Charles F. Reynolds III, MD, selected as the 2016 recipient of International Psychogeriatric Association’s (IPA) Service to the Field of Psychogeriatrics Award

The Aging Institute congratulates its director, Dr. Charles F. Reynolds III on being named a recipient of the International Psychogeriatric Association’s (IPA) Service to the Field of Psychogeriatrics Award. Dr. Reynolds is the UPMC Endowed Professor in Geriatric Psychiatry, Professor of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, and the Director of the John A. Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry.

This award is presented to recipients who have demonstrated inspiration, leadership, vision, ethics, innovation, organizational development, and motivation in the areas of psychogeriatrics. The IPA has been at the forefront of the field for more than 30 years and brings attention to many important areas including connecting professionals within the field of geriatric mental health, improving the mental health of older adults around the world, and forming important collaborations with other organizations.

A presentation of the award was held during the International Congress in San Francisco, CA, on September 6, 2016.

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) awards $13.9 million Grant to Study to focus on Antidepressant Treatment Strategies in Older Adults with Treatment-Resistant Depression

Treatment-resistant depression (TRD) is a major health problem for the growing population of older adults and highlights the need for an increase in evidence-based treatments. Persistent depression decreases older adults’ quality of life more than any other illness and effective antidepressant treatment would address a leading cause of disability, excess mortality, and cognitive decline.

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, Washington University, Columbia University, the University of Toronto and UCLA will be leading a study focused on helping older adults receive effective treatments while improving quality of life and minimizing the risk of medications. “Optimizing Outcomes of Treatment-Resistant Depression in Older Adults,” also known as OPTIMUM will engage community participants aged 60 and older and their primary care physicians and will be the largest study of TRD in older adults. Charles F. Reynolds III, MD and Jordan F. Karp, MD will lead the Pittsburgh site.

To learn more about OPTIMUM, email OPTIMUMSTUDY@UPMC.EDU.

Aging Institute Identified as Innovative Science Organization

A special edition of The Pitt Pulse profiles The Aging Institute, among the 'innovative science thinkers and organizations' here in Pittsburgh.

Learn more here.

Time Magazine Video Features Seed Grant Recipient

A recently produced video entitled "Pittsburgh: The Comeback" features Basic Biology of Aging and Aging Institute Seed Grant winner Dr. Edward Burton.

View here.

Betty Robison, MSN, RN-BC, Discusses Living Safely with Dementia

The Aging Institute's Gerontology Educator, Betty Robison, MSN, RN-BC, discusses Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia Care, and how to keep individuals safe when wandering tendencies and anxiety are displayed by patients with these illnesses. Listen to Betty's talk on the Alzheimer's Speaks Radio program, or read the accompanying blog article.

Richard Schulz, PhD, named co-chair of Institute of Medicine Family Caregiving Study

The Aging Institute congratulates Richard Schulz, PhD on his appointment as co-chair for the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Family Caregiving study. Dr. Schulz serves on both the Aging Institute Executive Committee and Board of Directors in addition to his roles as Director of the University Center for Social and Urban Research, Gerontology Program Director for the University Center for Social and Urban Research, and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM), is an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers and the public. The IOM's ultimate goal is to make research, health care, and work-place policy recommendations for the United States.

The 2016 Geriatrics Teacher of the Year Recipients

The Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society Western Division (PAGS-WD) announced the 2016 Geriatrics Teacher of the Year Recipients, including the Aging Institute’s own Betty Robison. Betty Robison, MSN, RN-BC, was the Healthcare Professional Awardee while Daniel DiCola, MD, was named the Physician recipient. According to PAGS-WD, “the award is presented to two outstanding teachers for their dedication and commitment to geriatric education.”

Betty is the Gerontology Educator at the Aging Institute and a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Chatham University. Dr. DiCola is the Director of Geriatrics Education at the Latrobe Area Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at Jefferson Medical College/Sidney Kimmel Medical College, and serves as the Medical Director IHS Mountain View Nursing Home.

An award presentation will occur at the 2016 Clinical Update in Geriatric Medicine conference on April 7th, prior to the dinner symposium.
Congratulations to Betty and Dr. DiCola!​

Our Partnership with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

To register for any of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh programs, please call Scott Meneely at 412-924-0063. You can leave a message with your name, phone number, and program name and location of program you would like to attend.

* Lawrenceville Library events are in partnership with Lawrenceville United and UPMC Presbyterian

** Squirrel Hill Library events are in partnership with UPMC Shadyside

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Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Locations and Dates

De-Clutter and Re-Organize

Do you ever find yourself thinking you wish you had more time to be organized?  Then before you know it, you look around and say to yourself, “how did it get this way, and where do I begin”? 

Then this is the program for you.  You will be given simple tips that you be able to use in helping you de-clutter your space and keeping it organized.
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​I’m Having a Senior Moment

We all experience so called “Senior Moments” as we age.  You may notice times when you cannot recall information quite as quickly as you once did. 

If you would like to learn tips on how to keep your mind active and alert, then this is the presentation for you.
​Upcoming events are currently being scheduled.

​Insights to Sensory Changes for the Caregiver

As we age, there are sensory changes that can occur.  During this presentations, you have an opportunity to experience what it’s like when these changes occur.
​Upcoming events are currently being scheduled.

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