Barshop Institute faculty available to public at Silver Solutions conference

SAN ANTONIO (May 18, 2012) — Faculty members from the Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio will provide expertise on strategies for living long and aging strong during a free event open to the general public Sunday, May 20, hosted by Texas Public Radio. All the professors have appointments in the School of Medicine of the Health Science Center.

“Silver Solutions: Resources for Living Long and Aging Strong” will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Norris Conference Center in Wonderland of the Americas, 4522 Fredericksburg Rd. The Barshop Institute is an anchor sponsor (for the complete list of sponsors, visit

This free, collaborative community event is designed to spotlight the wide array of resources and services designed to assist those in later life to age gracefully and remain physically and mentally active, according to Texas Public Radio.

Attendees may also obtain confidential advice from experts in the fields of elderly abuse and exploitation, medical care services, memory and cognitive matters, nutrition and how to go about accessing services such as transportation, respite services and meal providers.

Faculty from the Barshop Institute and other sponsors will take part in these Ask the Expert sessions. Attendees may sign up for the one-on-one meetings at the event.

The following Barshop Institute members will be present:

  • Sara Espinoza, M.D., M.Sc., elder medicine
  • Veronica Galvan, Ph.D., research on cognitive decline and neurodegeneration
  • Michael Lichtenstein, M.D., M.Sc., elder medicine
  • Helen Lum, M.D., elder medicine
  • Nicolas Musi, M.D., elder medicine
  • Liliana Oakes, M.D., elder medicine
  • Arlan Richardson, Ph.D., research on aging processes, cognitive decline and neurodegeneration
  • Jason Schillerstrom, M.D., cognitive and psychiatric issues in aging
  • Alexandra Wynne, M.S., RD, CDE, diet and nutrition

The event organizing chair is Steven Austad, Ph.D., interim director of the Barshop Institute. Kathleen Fischer, Ph.D., of the Barshop Institute is on TPR’s Silver Solutions organizing committee and is the event liaison between Texas Public Radio and the Barshop Institute.

Omid Rahimi, Ph.D., director of the Human Anatomy Program at the Health Science Center, also will be available to discuss the Willed Body Program, through which individuals and their families provide the gift of anatomy instruction to Health Science Center students.



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