FEATURE | Posted Aug. 8, 2013

Sixth annual Spanish Mini-Medical School set for Sept. 7

Opportunity for Spanish-speakers to learn about aging in their native language

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UC Davis will hold community healthy-aging lecture conducted in Spanish on Sept. 7.

UC Davis Health System will hold its sixth annual Spanish Mini-Medical School on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the UC Davis MIND Institute from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the health system’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Center for Healthy Aging, Center for Reducing Health Disparities and Clinical and Translational Science Center.

Unique in the nation, the one-day school provides Spanish-speaking middle-aged and older adults, along with caregivers, the opportunity to learn about critical health issues in their native language and to discuss these topics with Spanish-speaking health-care professionals from UC Davis and the community.

“With the projected growth in the number of Latino seniors in California, it is vital that we develop innovative outreach programs that help to address health disparities,” said Ladson Hinton, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and interim director of the Latino Aging Research Resource Center (LARRC). “The Spanish Mini-Medical School provides vital health information in an innovative format to middle-aged and older adults so that they are better able to get the health care that they need.”

 This year, presenters will include:

  • David Copenhaver, assistant professor and director, UC Davis Cancer Pain Program. Copenhaver will address the topic “What is Pain? A Quick Check In.”
  • Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, clinical professor of internal medicine and director, UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities will address “Opportunities for Latinos to Obtain Health Insurance under the Affordable Care Act.”
  • Lorena Garcia, assistant professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences and a researcher affiliated with the LARRC, will discuss “Obesity and Diabetes: Latinos in the United States.”

Attendance at the Spanish Mini-Medical School is free and open to the public, although space is limited. For reservations, please call 916-734-5243. Registration also is available on the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center Facebook page. The event is co-sponsored Sunrise Senior Living, Primrose and Norwood Pines Alzheimer’s Care Center.

The UC Davis MIND Institute is located on the Sacramento campus of UC Davis, at 2825 50th St., Sacramento. Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the MIND Institute and on the street.

The UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center is one of only 27 research centers designated by the National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Aging. The center's goal is to translate research advances into improved diagnosis and treatment for patients while focusing on the long-term goal of finding a way to prevent or cure Alzheimer's disease. Also funded by the state of California, the center allows researchers to study the effects of the disease on a uniquely diverse population. For more information, visit alzheimer.ucdavis.edu.

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