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Experts discuss aging gracefully in Aspen lecture series

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” Do you ever wonder what local doctors, from their clinical knowledge as well as their own experience, would say about growing old in the high country?

Well, the answers are at hand, as Aspen Valley Hospital, the Given Institute of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Aspen Given Foundation get ready to deliver a series of lectures on the subject.

The program kicks off from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 7, when Gordon Gerson, M.D., cardiologist, and Barry Mink, M.D., internist, present “Medical and Personal Observations on Aging.”



Gerson will discuss common heart conditions, diagnosis and treatment options, and how to reduce modifiable risk factors associated with heart disease.

Mink will share his perspective on aging ” both from personal experience and from observing healthy and unhealthy adaptations to the aging process within the scope of his private medical practice.




The next lecture in the series will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 14, when neurologist Gary Weiss discusses memory in a lecture titled, “When Memory Fails.”

Weiss will address how memory works, different types of memory, and how to differentiate between normal memory loss and serious memory problems.

He also will help participants learn to protect their memory, and will discuss diagnostic methods and the latest treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

The final lecture will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 21.

W. Jason Martin, M.D., plastic surgeon, will present a talk on “Plastic Surgery: Is It Right for You?” He will talk about common procedures, new techniques and the decision-making process when considering plastic surgery.

All programs are free and open to the public, and will take place at the Given Institute at 100 East Francis St. in Aspen.

For more information, call 544-1296.


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