Aging conference centers on screening and treatments for dementia

WHAT: 30th Annual Conference on Aging. This year’s theme is “Geriatric Primary Care: Current Perspectives and New Horizons in Dementia Care.”
The conference is jointly sponsored by the South Texas Geriatric Education Center, part of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and the South Texas Veterans Health Care System.

WHEN: Friday, Aug. 21, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Hyatt Regency San Antonio, located at 123 Losoya beside the River Walk and across from the Alamo in downtown San Antonio.

WHO: Speakers include:
• Mary Sano, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. At 8:05 a.m., Dr. Sano will give the morning keynote address on the demographic imperative for dementia care.
• Soo Borson, M.D., director of the Memory Disorders Clinic at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. At 12:30 p.m., Dr. Borson will give the afternoon keynote address on dementia screening.
• Sandra Liliana Oakes, M.D., associate professor of family and community medicine at the Health Science Center, who at 9:05 a.m. will speak on Hispanics and Alzheimer’s disease.
• Magdalene D. Garza, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry at the Health Science Center, who at 3:15 p.m. will speak on sex and the elderly.

NOTES: News reporters who are interested in attending the conference should contact the Health Science Center’s Office of External Affairs at (210) 567-3026 or on-site contact Dr. Michele Saunders (210) 859-6299.
At 10:25 a.m., Sid E. O’Bryant, Ph.D., director of rural research at the F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health in Lubbock, will give an overview of the Texas Alzheimer’s Research Consortium (TARC).
On Sept. 1, the Health Science Center becomes TARC’s fifth funded member and takes the lead in the consortium’s new research focus on the impact of Alzheimer’s on Hispanics. Donald R. Royall, M.D., a professor of psychiatry and pharmacology who represents the Health Science Center on TARC’s steering committee, will speak at 1:30 p.m.
The Conference on Aging is open to both health care professionals and members of the public. The cost is $75 for students, $150 for state employees and $225 for all others. Health care professionals are eligible for continuing education hours awarded by the Veterans Administration Employee Education System.



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