News Release

January 23, 2006

Contact: Carolyn Pennington, 860-679-4864

Celebrate Aging Programs: February 2006

FARMINGTON, CONN. – Celebrate Aging, a free membership program for men and women age 40 and older, is designed to address the many issues of aging in a positive way and is offering these educational programs in February.

Traveling Safety for Seniors: Patrick Coll, M.D., director of Clinical Programs at the UConn Center on Aging and Division of Geriatric Medicine, will offer tips on how to prevent clots while traveling and how to safely take your medications when vacationing in different time zones. The talk will be held on Thursday, February 2, from 9:30 to 10 a.m. in the Commons Building at Covenant Village of Cromwell, 52 Missionary Road, Cromwell. The lecture is open to the public.

How to Manage Your Diabetes: Whether you have diabetes or know a relative or friend with diabetes, this program is for you. Certified diabetes educator at the UConn Health Center, Carolé Mensing, and Health Center nutritionist, Shirley Allen, will provide a general overview of the disease, explore common myths and misconceptions, provide tips on meal planning and review ways to control and manage your diabetes. This seminar is open to the public and will be held on Thursday, February 2, from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. at the Avon Senior Center, 635 West Avon Road, Avon.

Congestive Heart Failure: Five million Americans are currently living with congestive heart failure. In fact, it’s one of the most common reasons people 65 and older go into the hospital. Patrick Coll, M.D., director of Clinical Programs at the UConn Center on Aging and Division of Geriatric Medicine, will discuss the signs and risk factors of congestive heart failure and lifestyle changes you can make to prevent it! This lecture is open to the public and will be held on Friday, February 3, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Seabury Retirement Community, 200 Seabury Drive, Bloomfield. To register or for further information, call the Seabury Retirement Community at 860-243-6071.

Keeping a Healthy Heart: February is National Heart Health Month. Given the prevalence of heart disease, there are many good reasons to take prevention to heart. Peter Schulman, M.D., Division of Cardiology, will discuss the factors that are likely to increase your chances of developing cardiovascular disease and also ways to prevent these risks and keep a healthy heart. This seminar is open to the public and will be held on Thursday, February 9, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Riverfront Community Center, 300 Welles Street, Glastonbury.

The Agony of De-Feet---Common Problems in Aging Feet: Have you ever wondered why your feet hurt so much? Diseases of the feet affect the quality of life and mobility of millions of Americans. Samuel Berkowitz, D.P.M., Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the UConn Health Center, will discuss common foot problems and how treatment can greatly improve or even eliminate discomfort or pain in your feet!

The talk will be held on Tuesday, February 7, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at UConn Health Partners, 2nd floor conference room, 65 Kane Street, West Hartford.

Coffee Forum at the Simsbury Senior Center: Join us at the Simsbury Senior Center as we explore the topic of “Interactions Between Food & Medications”. UConn Health Center registered dietitian, Heather Gifford, will focus on foods that can lessen or increase the impact of a drug and examples of known interactions between popular herbs, foods, and prescription and over-the-counter drugs. This presentation is open to the public and will be held on Monday, February 13, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Eno Memorial Hall, 754 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury.

Kyphoplasty - A New Treatment for Osteoporotic Fractures: Osteoporosis increases the risk of vertebral compression fractures. Fractures can change the shape of your spine, cause severe pain and affect your overall health. During this presentation, Michael Giordano, M.D., Department of Neurosurgery at the UConn Health Center, will speak about a minimally invasive procedure, kyphoplasty, which is designed to reduce or eliminate back pain. It may also help to straighten the spine. To learn more about this procedure and whether it may be right for you, join us on Tuesday, February 21, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., 4th floor, Medical Arts & Research Building (MARB) at the UConn Health Center.

Men’s Night Out: Cardiovascular Health for Men and the People Who Love Them: UConn Health Center's Discovery Series and Celebrate Aging have teamed up to bring you a special program during National Heart Health Month. Did you know that men are at greater risk for a heart attack than women and have attacks earlier in life? Peter Schulman, M.D., Division of Cardiology, will offer men valuable advice on keeping their hearts healthy. Special guest, ESPN sports anchor/reporter, Karl Ravech, will share his inspiring personal story. Bring a friend or a loved one on Tuesday, February 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Keller Auditorium at the UConn Health Center.

Registration for these programs is required as seating is limited. For more information or to register, call Celebrate Aging at 860-679-4900, toll free at 1-866-837-7737, or register by email at

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