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Balance Disorders
Balance problems can stem from dizziness, light-headedness, weakness, or lack of coordination, and often can lead to falls. It's a pervasive problem but one that has not been thoroughly studied, perhaps in part because of the difficulties in determining the cause. Stanford has launched a new Balance Center, making it one of the few medical centers in the country to offer an interdisciplinary program for comprehensive testing and community outreach. A panel of experts discusses the causes and treatments for balance disorders.
Speakers: Specialists from the Stanford Balance Center

The Big Picture Of Maintaining Health
This lecture focuses on why more and more older adults want the big-picture approach to maintaining their health -- and how geriatricians can help them achieve it. Dr. Hussain suggests ways to involve physicians in dialogue, discusses the goals of therapy and medication regimens, as well as the importance of preventing catastrophic incidents like falls.
Speaker: Yusra Hussain, MD

Changing Sleep Patterns as We Age
Even though there are some changes to our sleep patterns as we grow older, there are often other components contributing to a poor night's sleep. This talk discuses normal changes in sleep patterns and other factors that might be interrupting a good night's sleep.
Speaker: Mehrdad Ayati, MD

Cognitive Aging and Alzheimer's Disease: Gender Matters
Dr. Henderson discusses normal versus abnormal cognitive function in women and men, how dementia makes itself known, and what can be done to prevent Alzheimer's Disease.
Speaker: Victor Henderson, MD
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Cognitive Changes With Aging: What Can You Expect?
Dr. Greicius focuses on memory problems people face and their correlation to problems later in life. Topics discussed: when is testing appropriate; benefits of early testing; what the tests involve and what they mean; decision making and cognition; and appropriate interventions.
Speaker: Michael Greicius, MD, MPH
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Health & Wellness Among Older Adults: Challenges and Strategies
This talk focuses on the prevention of serious health situations and how to cultivate knowledge of one’s functional strengths and weaknesses. Dr. Pompei also discusses how to predict need of services, as well as how to optimize doctor visits, self management of chronic conditions, and the determinants of an easy old age.
Speaker: Peter Pompei, MD
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How is Your Memory? Evaluating Memory in the Individual and Its Relationship to Alzheimer's Disease
This program will address common concerns about Alzheimer's disease -- how to recognize it, what it does to the brain and memory -- as well as current research projects at Stanford and around the world that are developing ways to treat and prevent this disease. As part of his lecture format, Dr. Ashford demonstrates a Memory Screening game, MemTrax. Individuals with memory problems are encouraged to play the MemTrax game.
Speaker: Wes Ashford, MD, PhD

Prescribing Drugs for an Aging Population: Polypharmacy (Multiple Medications) and the Health of the Elderly
The geriatric population is prescribed the highest proportion of medications in relation to their percentage of the U.S population-13% of current geriatric population purchase 33% of all prescription drugs and this number will increase to 50% by 2040. Prevalence of both adverse drug reactions and treatment failures increase in the older patients. Adverse Drug Events (ADEs) are responsible for 5-28% of acute geriatric medical admissions. It has been estimated that for every one dollar we spend on medications at nursing home facilities, we spend $1.33 in health care resources for the treatment of drug related morbidity and mortality. In this review we will talk about the drug mechanism, why some people are able to tolerate some medications and why some others not, what we can do to change the nature of practice of medicine in the future and how we can provide more safety for us when we age.
Speaker: Mehrdad Ayati, MD

Sleeping Well As We Age
A common misperception is that we do not need as much sleep as we age -- but it turns out that we need a good night's sleep throughout our lifespan. This talk focuses on the mechanism of sleep, addressing misconceptions about sleep and the practical things we can do to promote healthy sleep habits as we age.
Speaker: Rachel Manber, PhD

When is a Senior Moment Just a Senior Moment? The Latest on Alzheimer’s Disease Research
Each of us experiences changes in memory and thinking as we age. Exciting new research opens windows onto early and accurate diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and brings hope for new therapies that may help.
Speaker: Geoffrey A. Kerchner, MD, PhD 


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