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Malford Thewlis Lecture In Gerontology and Geriatrics

Malford W. Thewlis, MD, a former resident of Wakefield, RI, was a pioneer in the field of geriatric medicine most widely known for co-founding the American Geriatrics Society in 1942 and his manuscript, 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 to goal of to raise awareness, enhance knowledge, and stimulate discussion about issues related to aging, longevity, and health care for older adults.

12th Annual Thewlis Lecture:

The Encore Opportunity:  Making the Most
of the Longevity Revolution

Presented by: 

Marc Freedman
Founder and CEO

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Reception 6 p.m. | Lecture 7 p.m.
Edwards Hall, URI Kingston Campus

Live Streamed at Stream.uri.edu

Prior lectures include:

2017:  Nina  Kraus, PhD, Hugh Knowles Professor, Departments of Neurobiology and Physiology, and Communication Sciences  and Disorders, Northwestern University.
Lecture:  The Fine Art of Aging:  Connecting Creativity and Neuroscience  Watch Now!

2016:  Stephen Johnston, MBA, Co-founder, Aging 2.0,  founder of Fordcastle, an innovation consultancy, board member of Older Adults Technology Services (OATS), and Music and Memory, 501c3 nonprofits focused on improving the quality of life for older people, He is co-author of Growth Champions (Wiley, 2012), a book about sustainable corporate growth.
Lecture:  Innovative Thinking:  Application of Technology to Aging   Watch Now!

2015:  Karl Pillemer, PhD, Director Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, Hazel E. Reed Professor in the Department of Human
Development, Professor of Gerontology in Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College
Lecture: Advice from the Oldest and Wisest Americans on Love, Relationships and Marriage

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?        (View on YouTubehere)

2011: Mathy Mezey, EdD, RN, FAAN, Professor Emerita, Senior Research Associate & Directorm The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, NYU
Lecture:  Coming of Age – Negotiating Health and Health Care as We Age.       (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.


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