Herbs and dietary supplements are used by people of all ages, incomes, educational levels, races, and ethnic backgrounds. In fact, according to a report from the American Botanical Council (ABC) in their HerbalGram on-line magazine, total sales of herbal products in the United States increased by 5.5 percent in 2012, reaching nearly $5.6 billion, with the largest portion of money being spent on vitamins and minerals. Unfortunately, most people use herbs and supplements without the benefit of professional advice.
Don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity to increase your knowledge about herbal remedies and dietary supplements! There are 14 modules to choose from, each with evidence-based resources. You will learn about common definitions for herbs and supplements and how to discuss their use. We’ll also help you figure out when to recommend, tolerate, or monitor supplements for your patients and, if you're a consumer, when to avoid using supplements.
To view the program and a description of all of the modules, click here. If you would like more information about the Center for Integrative Health and Wellness, e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The playground, sponsored by Kaboom!, a national non-profit that envisions play space for all Americans and a grant from the Humana Foundation through their Playful City USA Program, is just one of the many pieces being pulled together to create an exciting and innovative Intergenerational Center in the PACT redevelopment area on the near east side of Columbus.
A collaboration between Columbus Early Learning Centers, National Church Residences, and the Ohio State University, the Center will provide high quality care and support for approximately 56 children, 50 older adults, and their families each day. Additionally, the Center will have an on-site intergenerational program manager, and a classroom where OSU faculty can teach courses for OSU students and conduct interdisciplinary and intergenerational studies. The center will serve as a neighborhood “hub” for community outreach...........and so much more.
If you would like to learn more about the Intergenerational Center, click here.
- community, and
- other initiatives and programs in aging.
If you are a faculty member, staff or student at The Ohio State University and have an interest in the field of aging, we’d love to hear from you! To get started, just e-mail Michelle Myers with your information and we’ll begin the process of getting the information on-line. The goal is to launch the virtual "hub" in Spring 2014. Once it is available, we’ll be sure to share it with all of you.
I'm sure you can tell that we are very excited about our social media début and hope you will enjoy checking in with us periodically!
The GIG meets approximately every 3 months over the academic year, and they have wonderful events planned such as:
- Geriatric education lectures,
- Panels of specialists working with geriatric patients,
- Discussions with geriatricians,
- Shadowing opportunities in specialties dealing with geriatrics (orthopedics, anesthesiology, etc.),
- Community service projects, and
- Research and scholarship opportunities in aging information sessions.
If you are interested in learning more about the OSU College of Medicine Geriatric Student Interest Group, would like to donate your time to participate in a panel or provide a shadowing experience for a medical student, or otherwise participate in the GIG, let us know.
As Section Chief of Geriatrics in the Division of General Internal Medicine, Dr. Gure will further develop the clinical and education programs of Geriatrics. She also comes from a rich academic environment of clinical care and research focused around older adults, and is eager to connect with those elements and resources here at OSU. Her research interests include understanding the role of cognition in health-related outcomes for older adults with cardiovascular disease, and developing interventions to provide comprehensive care to vulnerable older adults with multi-morbidity. Dr.Gure has made multiple presentations around the country, and has published in several peer-reviewed journals.
We look forward to helping Dr. Gure meet her goals as the new Section Chief of Geriatrics in the Division of General Internal Medicine and working together on future projects to promote geriatrics at The Ohio State University!
American Journal of Epidemiology, Dr. Zheng and his co-authors explore mortality risk as it relates to body mass index (BMI) trajectories among older populations, and their findings might surprise you.
Using data from the National Health and Retirement Study, which studied over 9,000 adults between the ages of 51 and 61 for 16 years, Dr. Zheng and colleagues have discovered that people who were slightly overweight but kept their weight relatively stable were more likely to survive another 16 years. Furthermore, the effects of obesity are much more negative for the younger population than the older population. Perhaps this is because as we get older, we are more likely to get diseases (like cancer) and other illnesses that may actually benefit from having a little extra weight to counteract the dangerous weight loss some illnesses and diseases may cause.
The moral of the story is that a better assessment of life expectancy should include an assessment of weight over time as opposed to how much a person weighs at any one point in time.
This article is available for your review in the American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 178, No. 11).
first time, a neurological pacemaker was implanted into an Ohio woman suffering from Alzheimer’s disease this past October 2013. The pacemaker sends electronic signals to wires implanted into the brain in an effort to regulate abnormal brain functions associated with Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, neurological pacemakers are being used to improve the diagnosis of other neurological disorders too, such as Parkinson’s disease.
Although patients with severe neurological diseases may not regain their independence, the hope is that this relatively new treatment will help patients have better quality of life and decreased physical disabilities.
To learn more about the Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, click here.