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University of Rhode Island lecture to discuss Aging in America, Feb. 28

Media Contact: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-4500

KINGSTON, R.I. -- February 16, 2006 -- "Aging in America: A Success and a Challenge," is the topic for the first annual Malford Thewlis lecture, presented by the Rhode Island Geriatric Education Center and University of Rhode Island Program in Gerontology. Kenneth Minaker, MD, chief of Geriatric Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, will discuss what research has to say about the truths and falsehoods of promoting good health in older adults.

Free and open to the public, the program will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m. in Edwards Auditorium at the Universityís Kingston campus.

An associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of its Interdisciplinary Center on Aging, Minaker recently received the Nascher Manning Award from the American Geriatrics Society, which was given for distinguished life-long achievement in clinical geriatrics.

The annual lecture is named for Malford Thewlis, one of the founders of the American Geriatrics Society in 1942. A long-time resident of Wakefield, Thewlis wrote The Care of the Aged: Geriatrics, a 1919 textbook on geriatric medicine.

"We wanted to acknowledge this local manís pioneering work and contributions to the field," said Phillip Clark, director of the RI Geriatric Education Center and a specialist in gerontology and geriatrics education programs. "Many of his works are still cited and relevant today."

The RI Geriatric Education Center is comprised of the University of Rhode Island Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy and Human Science and Services, Rhode Island College School of Social Work, and Brown Medical School. Among the aims of the Center are to better serve the needs of the growing elderly population by improving the knowledge and skills of health care and human service professionals in the area of geriatrics and gerontology.

A reception for Dr. Minaker will follow the presentation and will be held at the URI Alumni Center on Upper College Road from 3-4 pm. An RSVP to Judith Sweeney at 401-874-5311 would be appreciated.

Simultaneous and on-demand viewing on the web will be available for this presentation. Call JoAnn Evans at 401-874-7846 or check the RIGEC website at for more information.