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JUNE 11 , 2008
  Staying Sharp into Your Sixties, Seventies, and Beyond

The Art & Science of Successful Aging
A PENN Medicine Media Seminar


As a nation we are living longer than ever before, but are we living better? Can we afford what a longer life expectancy brings us? Declining physical and cognitive function doesn’t always have to be inevitable; mental ability and independence can be maintained and improved. Patients and caregivers alike can not only age gracefully, but happily and actively.

This special media seminar, being held in conjunction with the Institute on Aging of the University of Pennsylvania, invites you to discover the latest research and treatment strategies that help older Americans negotiate the medical and social challenges for successful aging.

  • Going Beyond Diet and Exercise: What are the proven factors associated with the risk of developing cognitive impairment and what lifestyles and activities can thwart the process.
  • Knowing When It’s Time to Ask for Help: How proper in-home assessments can help a loved one stay as healthy, independent and safe as possible for as long as possible – and to know when it’s time to seek professional home or hospice care or assisted living.
  • Voting Woes of Older Americans in Long-term Care Settings – Older adults are at the mercy of others when it comes to exercising their right to vote. However, the logistical and geographical barriers can be knocked down.
  • Where the Next Generation of Treatments Will Come From: What limitations face big pharma and the biotech companies as they race to find new treatments for diseases of aging and how is academic based research already poised to fill the gap.


June 27, 2008
12 – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch will be served.


The Institute on Aging of the University of Pennsylvania
At The Ralston Center
3615 Chestnut Street, 2nd Floor
Conference Room 241
Phila.,  PA  19104

FREE Lot Parking is Available Adjacent to the Ralston Center.
Enter via Ludlow St., between 36th & 37th Streets.
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Healthy Brain Aging:  Successful Strategies to Help Stave Off Age-related Dementias
John Q. Trojanowski, MD, PhD,
Director, Institute on Aging and Penn’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center

Designing a Healthy Home Environment for Seniors
John M. Bruza, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Geriatric Medicine

How Can We Help Older Americans Overcome Serious Access Limitations in Exercising Their Right to Vote?
Jason Karlawish, MD,
Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics

Ensuring a Pharmacology Remedy: Limitations of Big Pharma’s Pipeline and the Emerging Role of Academic Medical Centers in Finding New Treatments for the Diseases of Aging
Introduction by: Virginia M.Y. Lee, PhD, MA
Director, Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research
Kurt Brunden, PhD,
Scientific Director, Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research

Contact Olivia Fermano at (215) 349-5653 or

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Mission of the IOA

The mission of the Institute of Aging (IOA) is to improve the health of the elderly by increasing the quality and quantity of clinical and basic research – as well as educational programs – that focus on normal aging and age-related diseases at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and across the entire Penn campus.


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