Past News and Events


Community Resource Seminar
Presented by:
Alzheimer’s Association Oklahoma Chapter &
The Oklahoma Geriatric Education Center
Thursday, April 2, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m
Samis Education Center
1200 Children’s Avenue | Oklahoma City, OK
(OUHSC Campus)

5.0 CEU’s approved: NAB, LPC/LMFT
For More Information Contact: Amy Padilla
405.319.0780 or

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We are excited to offer the Linking Gerontology and Geriatrics Online Community Course, Elder Abuse, Care, and Resilience. Our keynote speaker is Dr. Karen Roberto ofVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State University who speaks on Understanding Elder Abuse: Causes, Consequences, and Care Solutions. Other speakers addressthese themes: (a) forms of and trends associated with elder abuse, (b) how to recognize elder abuse, and (c) what can be done to protect older abuse from abuse, maltreatment, and neglect.On balance, Dr. Rosemary Blieszner provides a special session on resilience and psychological well-being of older adults.

The Governor's Healthy Aging Summit

Monday December 14 • 10 am - 4:30 pm • Reed Conference Center in Midwest City



Graphic image of Dr. Peterson


November 2014: Congratulations to Marie Bernard, MD for receiving the Donald P. Kent award from the Gerontological Society of America.

Dr. Bernard is the founding chairman of the Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. In October 2008, she relocated to Washington DC and became the deputy director of the National Institute on Aging where her service to older adults has expanded.

Link to GSA web page announcement.

Link to YouTube video shown at the 2014 GSA meeting.



Join OHAI for a day...hear from the experts... at OHAI’s senior health forums.

Bring your family and friends... learn about topics such as:

• Using Medications Safely
• Long Term Care Options
• Effective Communication with Healthcare Providers
• Medicare: Critical Questions to Ask Yourself
• Senior Legal Issues
• Care Transitions

Muskogee, Fri, Sept 19
Stillwater, Fri, Oct 10
Enid, Mon, Oct 20
Poteau, Tue, Oct 21
Lawton, Wed, Oct 22
Oklahoma City, Sat, Oct 25
Ardmore, Tue, Oct 28
Tulsa, Thu, Oct 30
Durant, Thu, Nov 6


September 26, 2014 is the date.
Wes Watkins Center, Stillwater, Oklahoma.
CE for many disciplines.
Special guests and special recognitions. Be there!

Dr. Karen A. Roberto
Virgina Tech University


Thank you for helping us celebrate the
25th Summer Geriatrics Institute!

Special guests:

Leisa R. Easom, PhD, RN
Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving

Susan H. McFadden, PhD
Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh

John A. Belzer, PhD
Department of Geriatric Medicine, OUHSC (Retired)

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EXPLORING Geriatrics

(This program is no longer offered. Please contact with questions.)

The Reynolds Dept of Geriatric Medicine and the Oklahoma Geriatric Education Center now offers a new program in Geriatrics and Gerontology for up to 10 pre-degree students recruited from eligible health care professions, including Medicine, Nursing, Social Work, Pharmacy, Rehabilitation Sciences, and others (please ask!). The program provides a solid multi-professional experience to motivated health professions students.

The curriculum, clinical and field experiences, and projects will give students opportunities to learn about aging, new skills in working with aged patients and clients, and a chance to collaborate with other disciplines in order to become familiar with the diverse policies, programs, agencies, and disciplines of geriatric health care. Students will participate in a core didactic curriculum, lectures, and field activities. Activities include case-based learning, didactic sessions, self-learning, program evaluation exercises, interdisciplinary engagement, clinical shadowing, and involvement in on-going research projects, all under the tutelage of interdisciplinary faculty members. Each student will have a year to complete approximately 100 hours of experiences.

Prior experience is not required.

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Diabetes in Native American Families

June 20th (9:30am till 4:00pm) at the OU Health Sciences Center College of Public Health.

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Free workshop on diabetes care in Native American families for all health care providers, including Community Health Representatives and others who work directly with individuals and communities.


  • Melvina McCabe, MD.  Member of the Navajo Nation; Past president of Association of American Indian Physicians; University of New Mexico School of Medicine.
  • Kevin Short, PhD.  OU College of Medicine; Working on physical activity and diet to help improve diabetes prevention and treatment in people of all ages.
  • Ann Chou, PhD.  OU College of Public Health; Working on finding ways to make living with diabetes easier.
  • Elena Cuaderes, PhD, RN.  OU College of Nursing; Working on healthy feet in people living with diabetes.
  • Dave Baldridge.  Member of the Cherokee Nation; Consultant for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Writer and videographer on Native American issues.
  • Sierra Powers. Ninth grade Alaska Native interested in traditional ways of living. She will describe what she learned from interviewing her great grandmother, an Alaska Native Elder.

Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers CEP #20136776 approved 5 CEUs.
OSDH approved 5 hours of EMS continuing education and 5 hours of Instructor CEUs.
All attendees received a Certificate of Attendance.

13th Geriatric Update for Primary Care Providers Conference
Monday, May 12, 2014

Fast-paced course with case studies and lectures on management of complex older patients. Designed to address unmet educational needs of primary-care physicians and advance practice providers who have a diverse case mix that includes older adults. Full syllabus of educational materials will be provided as a resource for today’s primary care practice office.

Course GOAL: Improve clinical competencies regarding management of older patients among primary care providers.

• Proactively recognize age-specific management techniques in complex older patients
• Use best practice clinical approaches in the care of older adults

Brochure: Here

Past Symposiums:

  • May 7, 2012: "Practice Guidelines for Managing the Older Patient"
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  • May 9, 2011: "Clinical Pearls and Practice Guidelines for Managing the Older Patient"
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  • Oct 30, 2009: "Management of Chronic Disease in the Older Patient"
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  • Nov 2, 2007: "Best Practices in Care for Cognitively Impaired Adults"
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On-The-Road: ECU/Ada Program!
We had 90 participants at the "On-The-Road: Caring for the Older Adult' continuing education event at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma on April 11th. We hope that you were able to be there.
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Careers in Aging Day Lunch with Lance Robertson
Director, Aging Service division, Oklahoma Department of Human Services
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The campus-wide Interdisciplinary Geriatrics Interest Group invites you to a movie!

Thursday (3/27) @ noon!!
For more info:
Lingsheng Li; OU College of Medicine, 2016
IGIG President

true love


On the Road: Caring for Older Adults With Dementia
andEvidence-Based Programs: Moving Towards Health Literacy in the 21st Century

October 11, 2013, Cameron University, Lawton, OK


Summer Geriatric Insitute

Took Place on July 25-26,2013

OUHSC Samis Education Center

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ON the Road! NE Oklahoma: Caring for the Cognitively Impaired Older Adult

Took place on April 26,2013.

Muskogee Civic Center

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University of Central Oklahoma Careers in Aging Event

Took place on April 11,2013.

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University of Central Oklahoma Careers in Aging Event

Took place on April 11,2013.

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Linking Gerontology and Geriatrics Conference

Oklahoma State University will host the Third Annual Linking Geriatrics and Gerontology conference on March 7 & 8, 2013. The conference will be held from 8 am to 5 pm on the OSU-Stillwater Campus in the Advance Technology Research Center.

This year’s conference will focus on issues faced by Oklahoma seniors and their families, and how to provide important information and ensure ultimate care. The conferences are designed for health care, social science and other professionals, and family and community members working with older adults in rural Oklahoma. The series also focuses on helping participants identify the links between gerontology and geriatrics, while also learning to apply evidence-based information needed to enhance professional practices of individuals working with or caring for older adults. The event is open to the public.

  • March 7: Grandparents and Grandchildren: Intergenerational Concerns: features sessions on medical literacy, consent for medical treatment, caregiver needs, resources for grandparents, and coping with chronic health concerns.

  • March 8: Quality Care: Falls, Safety, and Overall Well-Being: Topics include consent for special populations, quality health, falls and breaks, Alzheimer’s and healthy aging, and medication management considerations for seniors.

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On the Road: NW Oklahoma

Picture of bus.

Took place on April 11,2013.


Public events:

Dr. Harvey Chochinov. Veterans Affairs Hospital Chase Auditorium.
Dr. Harvey Chochinov. "Dying with Dignity: A contemporary challenge". OUHSC BSEB East Lecture Hall.
Dr. Scott Irwin. "The Role of Psychiatry in Palliative Care and Hospice". Integris Baptist Auditorium.
Dr. Scott Irwin. 5th Annual Bio-Ethics Conference. "Palliative Care and Mental Health". OUHSC Bird Library Auditorium.


Improving Palliative Care for the
Congestive Heart Failure Patient.
A conference for
hospice and palliative care professionals.

Aug 9, 2011. 9 am - 3 pm

OUHSC College of Allied Health
Distance Learning Locations:
Tulsa and Lawton

Special guest: Sarah J. Goodlin, MD
Chief, Geriatrics, Portland VAMC
Dir, Palliative Care-Heart Failure Education and Research Trials Collaborative, Salt Lake City, UT.

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Past Events

  • Summer Geriatric Institute, July 21-22, 2010.
  • The Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine would like to extend heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Chandini Sharma on her nomination for a 2010 Aesculapian Award for outstanding teaching. The student body of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine through the Medical Student Council, selects the nominees and have chosen Dr. Sharma for the second year in a row. Many thanks to Dr. Sharma for her hard work and dedication to the students of today, and the physicians and educators of tomorrow.
  • Methuselah's Zoo: Prospecting in Nature for Clues to Longer, Healthier Human Lives.
    Steven Austad, Ph.D., Barshop Center for Longevity & Aging Studies, University of Texas Health Science Center
    Wednesday, April 21, 2010. Download a flyer here.
  • Primary Care Providers’ Guide to Mental Health and Veterans - 3-Part Series!
  • Summer Course in Experimental Aging Research: This Buck Institute course provides intense exposure to current concepts in experimental aging research for 15-20 research scientists. It is designed primarily for junior faculty and advanced fellows with at least two years postdoctoral experience in cellular or molecular biology or a related field. Senior scientists who wish to learn about current aging research are also welcome. Download a flyer here.
  • 2009 Active Aging Photo Contest. In 2009, the OkGEC and the Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine co-sponsored an Active Aging Photo Contest. The winning photos are below:

Learning from Great Grandmother by Zelma Mathis

1st Prize: "Learning From Great-Grandmother" by Zelma Mathis, Psychiatry & Behavioral Science

Latch Hook Lesson by Beth Resman-Targoff

2nd Prize: "Latch Hook Lesson" by Beth Resman-Targoff, Pharmacy

Bubble Fun by Beth Resman-Targoff

3rd Prize (tie): "Bubble Fun" by Beth Resman-Targoff, Pharmacy

Zip Line by Joy Englund

3rd Prize (tie): "Zip Line" by Joy Englund, Pediatrics

We are very grateful to everyone who participated in this event, including all who submitted photos and all who shared their time and energy. Thank you!