News Release

October 27, 2004

Contact: Maureen McGuire, 860-679-4523

Celebrate Aging Programs: November 2004

Farmington, Conn. –Celebrate Aging, a new initiative of the UConn Health Center designed to promote successful aging, is offering several free programs in November.

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH): Benign prostatic hyperplasia is a common problem that affects most men as they age. Health Center Urologist John Taylor, M.D., will explain the symptoms of BPH, as well as current medical and surgical treatments, and today’s best research. Dr. Taylor’s presentation will be held on Tuesday, November 2, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Chancellor’s Conference Room at the Health Center (use main hospital entrance).

The Myths of Aging Revisited and Rewritten: Karen Prestwood, M.D., a Health Center geriatrician, who is also board certified in integrative medicine, will lead an interactive program to explore common myths about aging. “My goal is to facilitate new perspectives about aging that will lead to enhanced health and well-being,” Dr. Prestwood said, noting that she will discuss ways to activate the body’s innate healing abilities. The program will be held on Wednesday, November 3, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Large ARB Conference Room of the UConn Health Center (use main hospital entrance).

Oral Health and Aging: During a special presentation at The Gables in Farmington, Dr. Ruth Goldblatt of the UConn Health Center will discuss gum disease, cavities and the effects of commonly prescribed and over-the-counter drugs on oral health. The presentation will be on Friday, November 12, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Long-Term Care Planning: Sonia Higgins-Barkman, a division leader with Primerica Financial Services, will lead a discussion for baby-boomers about catastrophic illnesses, nursing home care and finances. This workshop will be held on Tuesday, November 16, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Onyiuke Dining Room (use main hospital entrance).

For more information, call the Health Center at 860-679-4900 or 866-837-7737. To learn more about the UConn Center on Aging, visit

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