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The Rhode Island Geriatric Education Center (RIGEC)

at the University of Rhode Island

Annual Malford Thewlis Lecture on Gerontology and Geriatrics


Background on the Thewlis Lecture

Dr. Malford W. Thewlis, a former resident of Wakefield, RI, was a pioneer in the field of geriatric medicine and one of the founders of the American Geriatrics Society in 1942. Dr. Thewlis wrote The Care of the Aged: Geriatrics, which was first published in 1919 under the title, "Geriatrics: A Treatise on the Prevention and Treatment of Diseases of Old Age and the Care of the Aged."

In honor of Dr. Thewlis, URI established the Malford Thewlis Lecture in Gerontology and Geriatrics in 2006. This goal of this annual event is to raise awareness, enhance knowledge, and stimulate discussion about issues related to aging, longevity, and health care for older adults.

Guest speakers from previous years:

2013: Tim Carpenter, founder, EngAGE; host/producer, EXPERIENCE TALKS radio show.

Lecture: Transforming Community: The Art of Active Aging

View lecture on YouTube.

2012: Kolbein Lyng, Professor of Health Sciences, Molde University College, Norway

Lecture: Growing Older: What Can We Learn from Norway and the Norwegians? 
Click here to view on YouTube.

2011: Mathy Mezey, EdD, RN, FAAN, Professor Emerita, Senior Research Associate & Director at The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, NYU College of Nursing

Lecture: Coming of Age - Negotiating Health and Health Care as We Age.
You can view Dr. Mezey's on URI's YouTube Channel.

2010: Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD, Director, Genetics and Aging Research Unit, MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases; Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

Lecture: Alzheimer's Disease: What Have We Learned and Where Are We Going.
View Dr. Tanzi's lecture on YouTube.

2009: Thomas Perls, MD, MPH, Director of the New England Centenarian Study and Associate Professor and Researcher at Boston University School of Medicine

Lecture: What Can Centenarians Teach Us About Healthy Aging?

2008: Geoff Fernie, PhD, PEng, Vice President of Research at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto

Lecture: Environment, Aging, and Disability: Current Research and Prospects for the Future

2007: Nancy Fey-Yensan, PhD, RD, Associate Dean and Professor in the Department Of Nutrition and Food Sciences, University Of Rhode Island

Lecture: Healthy Aging: New Directions for Nutrition

2006: Kenneth Minaker, MD, Chief of the Geriatric Medicine Unit and Director of the Senior Health Practice at Massachusetts General Hospital

Lecture: Aging in America: A Success and a Challenge
Dr. Minnaker's lecture is available for viewing on CD. Contact RIGEC for information.

Upcoming CIPG Workshops


Workshop 3: Syndromes and Senses - 2/9/2015

Workshop 4: Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias - 4/13/2015

Workshop 5: Bridging the Gap in Fragmented Healthcare: Safe Transitions - 6/1/2015



Alzheimer's Disease Training

Offered in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association of RI.

Getting Started Series: South Kingstown Police Department


Getting Started Series: Middletown Public Library


Training Employees for Alzheimer's Management (T.E.A.M) (Spanish)


View RI's State Plan on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias