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UC Irvine Announces Successful Aging Series.

ORANGE, Calif. -- University of California, Irvine Program in Geriatrics ( announces that the John B. Parker Successful Aging series will continue in 2013, thanks to donor support. On September 20, Dr. Ken Brummel-Smith, a dynamic speaker and nationally renowned geriatrician, spoke about getting the most out of life in the senior years to a standing room only audience at UC Irvine

By 2020, 14% of the nation's senior population will be living in California. The elderly population is growing more than twice as fast as the total population of our State. In Orange County, almost 500,000 people are over the age of 65. The number of persons over age 85 is growing even faster than the over 65 population throughout the country. About half of all persons over 85 will be diagnosed with dementia. Older adults and their families need information about healthy aging and navigating the healthcare system. UC Irvine has established the Parker series to help older adults become savvy, educated consumers of healthcare services. In order to accommodate the demand for information about healthy aging, UC Irvine is also beginning a Healthy Aging Lunch and Learn series on October 29

UC Irvine's Program in Geriatrics is ranked 35th in the country by US News and World Report Its SeniorHealth Center is led by geriatricians - physicians with advanced training in caring for older adults - and supported by a team including psychologists, pharmacists, nurses and social workers dedicated and trained in care for older adults. Geriatricians are tuned into the needs of older adults, such as the risk of falling, screening for depression, the family situation and closely tracking medications.

"We do our utmost to provide superb medical care in a loving environment," said Dr. Laura Mosqueda, chair of UC Irvine's Department of Family Medicine, director of its geriatrics program and Ronald Reagan Chair in Geriatrics.

UC Irvine Program in Geriatrics is also a national leader in teaching physicians the principles of caring for older adults and houses the Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse & Neglect, serving as a national leader in the field of elder abuse prevention.

For more information about UC Irvine's programs for seniors or healthy aging series, contact Linda Haghi, Director, Community Relations, at 714.456.7396 or For more information or appointments at the SeniorHealth Center, call 714.456.7007.
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