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.
WTAE recently interviewed Aging Institute director, Dr. Toren Finkel, about new strategies and medicines that target the aging process. Dr. Finkel offers his opinion on whether there will be a pill for aging in the future. The interview also featured a glimpse into the research laboratories at the Aging Institute.
Toren Finkel, MD, PhD, was recently announced as the new director of the Aging Institute. Please join us in welcoming him. For an introduction, you can find media articles about him and his work below:
On August 31, 2017, the Aging Institute welcomed Dr. Robert Koester, the first person to hold a PhD in search and rescue, to Cumberland Woods Village for a conference on lost and wandering behaviors seen in individuals who have Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. At the event, there was a diverse audience of search and rescue teams, law enforcement, and health professionals in attendance. As Dr. Koester offered his recommendations on search strategies for individuals with dementia and patterns of wandering for those who have become lost. A personal touch was added to the event when the Pochiba family, local to the Greater Pittsburgh area, spoke of their father, George Pochiba, who wandered and unfortunately did not safely return to the family home.
The Aging Institute and its new director, Dr. Toren Finkel, MD, PhD, were featured in the Fall 2017 PittMed Magazine in their article “Forever Youngish: aging as a modifiable risk factor” by Jenny Blair. Also included in the article was Dr. Charles F. Reynolds III, MD, former director of the Aging Institute who recently retired.
A special edition of The Pitt Pulse profiles The Aging Institute, among the 'innovative science thinkers and organizations' here in Pittsburgh.
A recently produced video entitled "Pittsburgh: The Comeback" features Basic Biology of Aging and Aging Institute Seed Grant winner Dr. Edward Burton.
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.
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 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.
View past news articles about former director of the Aging Institute, Charles F. Reynolds III:
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette interviewed Charles F. Reynolds III for a question and answer session for their latest edition of the Aging Edge Expert Q and A. During the interview, Dr. Reynolds discusses how mental health issues impact seniors differently than other age populations. He also discusses his own personal experience as well as interventions to serve as starting spots for those concerned about mental health and aging.
Pitt Med Magazine showcased Aging Institute Director, Charles F. Reynolds III, MD, in their Spring 2017 issue. The focus of the article is on healthy aging and the promotion of a series of exercise videos in which Dr. Reynolds is featured. The videos, which are part of a science outreach program, were played at a tailgating party for Pitt’s homecoming game. The work that Dr. Reynolds has accomplished in his career is also demonstrated in the article.
The Aging Institute congratulates its director, Dr. Charles F. Reynolds III on being awarded a 2016 Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health recipient for pioneering work in geriatric psychiatry and the prevention and treatment of late-life depression. 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.
The Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health is awarded annually to recognize individuals whose contributions have made a profound and lasting impact in advancing the understanding of mental health and improving the lives of people suffering from mental illness. It focuses public attention on the burden mental illness places on individuals and society, and the urgent need to expand mental health services globally. The Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health is named in honor of Herbert Pardes, M.D., a noted psychiatrist, outspoken advocate for the mentally ill, and the award’s first recipient.
Additionally, Vikram Patel, Ph.D., F.Med.Sci., and the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy were also recipients of this year’s 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.
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.