Fit at 50, Sexy at 70, Nimble at 90: Successful Aging via Prevention

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)
CHS CHS 104 Chase Auditorium
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Susan Penn

Distinguished Visitor Richard Besdine '61, professor of medicine, and director of the division of geriatrics and palliative medicine, Brown University

Longevity has become routine for Americans in the early 20th century, but robust physical and cognitive health have been elusive for many. A “fountain of youth” or “polypill” has become a goal for aging adults and pharmaceutical entrepreneurs alike.  But we already have data on interventions, many behavioral, that are highly predictive of brain and body vitality into extremes of old age – not 65, but 75, 85, and even into the 10th decade of life. We will review evidence supporting more than a dozen strategies that most young and middle-aged people, as well as elders themselves can implement now. Some require the cooperation of a primary care provider, but many can be done at home without professional supervision.  Each will be described in sufficient detail to allow attentive audience members to begin this exciting work immediately. 

Richard W. Besdine, MD, is Professor of Medicine, Director of the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Chief of Geriatrics for Lifespan, and first Greer Professor of Geriatric Medicine at Alpert Medical School of Brown University; he is Professor of Health Services Policy and Practice, and Director of the Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research at the Brown School of Public Health.  Dr. Besdine served as Interim Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences of Brown Medical School (2002-2005). He is Medical Officer of the American Federation for Aging Research in New York City. He is a founding Board member of the Rhode Island Quality Institute, and a current Board member for Neighborhood Health Plan RI.

He is past President and chair of Board of Directors of the American Geriatrics Society, and also is an elected board member and secretary/treasurer of the Association of Directors of Academic Geriatrics Programs. Dr. Besdine has created innovative recruitment and training programs for future leaders in the field of geriatrics, and trained more than 150 faculty geriatricians while leader of the three geriatrics programs he has founded -  Harvard, UConn & Brown. He has been listed in all editions of Best Doctors in America for academic internal medicine and geriatrics.

Dr. Besdine spent 1995-1999 in Federal service; he was first Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Health Standards and Quality Bureau for the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA, now CMS), responsible for setting standards, inspection, enforcement and improvement of health care quality for the nation’s then-70 million Medicare beneficiaries and Medicaid recipients.  As HSQB Director, he had responsibility for 750 staff and a $960 million annual budget. 

He is a graduate of Haverford College, U PA Medical School and trained in Internal Medicine at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital; he trained in geriatric medicine at the University of Glasgow. He is certified in internal medicine, geriatric medicine and infectious diseases.

Tea at 4:15 p.m.
Sponsored by the Health Studies Program, the Department of Anthropology, and the Haverford Libraries in conjunction with the Distinguished Visitors Program 

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