Learn more about geriatrics, which deals with the health care of older people, at the Arizona Senior Academy’s upcoming wellness lecture by a prominent Tucson geriatrician on Thursday (Dec. 17).
Mindy Fain, professor and division chief of geriatrics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, will speak on the subject, “Behavioral Health Through A Geriatric Lens.” Open to the public free of charge, the lecture begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Great Room of the ASA Building.
Fain, co-director of the Arizona Center on Aging, leads two statewide geriatric educational grants to help prepare all clinicians to care of the rapidly aging population. She serves on the American Board of Internal Medicine, is a member of the National Institute on Aging Behavior and Social Science Review panel, and is president-elect of the American Academy of Home Care Medicine.
“We are very hospital-centric,” Fain said in a recent interview with the Arizona Daily Star. “Hospitals are great and lifesaving, they are tremendous places. But our health system was set up to take care of the 50-year-old with the heart attack, the 30-year-old with appendicitis. We’re not set up to take care of an aging society with accumulating chronic conditions, many of whom are going to develop dementia.”
Fain is member of the state Attorney General’s Task Force on Elder Abuse and Neglect and a member of the board and editor of the Journal of the Arizona Geriatric Society. She contributes to the continuing education of medical colleagues and other health professionals through numerous presentations on geriatrics
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the New York University with a major in biology, Fain received her M.D. Degree from the NYU School of Medicine. She completed a fellowship in infectious disease, and a residency in internal medicine at University Hospital of Cleveland.
Written by H. Deon Holt, Academy Village Volunteer
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