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    The Institute on Aging is a university-wide collaborative effort that leverages the existing strengths and expertise of all the UTHealth schools, including the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Public Health, Biomedical Informatics, and Biomedical Sciences.

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    Focusing on aging-related interdisciplinary care, education, research, and community outreach, the role of the Institute is to foster collaboration among the schools and centers of UTHealth Houston with the community.

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    Our goal is to help provide excellent comprehensive patient care and education for patients, families, professionals and caregivers.

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    The Houston Geriatric Education Center was founded in 2007 through a grant from HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration). We offer educational resources and periodic programming.

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    Together we will be the leading institute promoting healthy and meaningful aging.

Specific Aims: Defining a New Aging Paradigm 

Geriatrics is about the whole person, including their social setting. Clinicians synthesize vast amounts of data from multiple sources to understand the whole person and meet their unique needs. We envision integration of advanced informatics and machine learning of available data with innovative technological and clinician assessments that generate novel data and meaningful assessments of vulnerabilities among older adults The Institute on Aging will foster interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaborations to integrate expertise in clinical geriatrics with clinical and health services interventions to improve function and health outcomes. 

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Thank you for joining us for the second annual Aging to Perfection Lecture Series celebrating the legacy of Carmel Bitondo Dyer, MD. As Dr. Dyer’s dream of specialized aging care continues to grow into reality at UTHealth Houston, we are pleased to share this ongoing series of lectures with friends like you.

Dr. Mark Lachs, a distinguished clinical and academic geriatrics expert, delivered this year’s presentation focused on the surprising secrets of healthy aging. We heard about the Senior Companion Volunteer Program at McGovern Medical School, connecting students and isolated older people. We also celebrated the establishment of the UTHealth Houston Institute on Aging, a university-wide collaborative initiative dedicated to improving aging care. 

We have included a link with a selection of pictures from the lecture for you to view and download. To view a recording of the lecture, please click here.

To learn more about this event or the lecture series, please contact UTHealth Houston Office of Development at 713-500-3200 or If you would like to support aging-related research, education, and patient care, click here
to donate to the Institute on Aging.

Once again, we appreciate you attending this special evening, and we hope to see you next year!

Holly M. Holmes, MD
Joan and Stanford Alexander Chair in Gerontology
Professor and Director, Joan and Stanford Alexander Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine
McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston

Vice President of Community Engagement
UTHealth Houston

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In 2014, when his mother's health began to fail, Doug discovered the difficulty experienced by seniors and their caregivers in finding necessary services and facilities, and he also realized that there was no local radio programming dedicated to seniors. Soon after, he introduced Fifty+ to Houston and since then has conducted several thousand interviews on topics of interest to people who have done a lot of living and intend to do more.

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In memory and honor of Dr. Carmel Dyer, who offered encouragement and support from the onset, Doug remains dedicated to Fifty+ and its audience.

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