Geriatrics Spirit Week
The Division of Geriatrics hosted a week-long series of activities across campus to give back to the community, spark some friendly competition among our 288 divisional team members, and celebrate UW-Madison’s Homecoming week. We welcomed everyone across our Division of Geriatrics to participate. The success resulted in a significant donation to Second Harvest Food Bank - 1,074.8 pounds of food and household products.
Each day was a celebration:
- Monday was Donation Day to Second Harvest Food Bank.
- Tuesday was Alzheimer's and Dementia Awareness Day, teams wore purple in support of Alzheimer's awareness.
- Wednesday, the teams were treated to a Sub Sandwich Luncheon.
- Thursday was Door Decoration Day, allowing teammates to creatively decorate and cover an office door to reflect their team spirit.
- Friday was Badger Pride Day, showing your UW Pride by sporting some red, white, and Bucky!
Mini Med School
A free Mini Med School event was provided to the public to learn about the potential critical breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s, a disease that erases memories and devastates families. Over 700 participants were involved in learning about Alzheimer’s disease, the breakthroughs in diagnosis, treatment, and care. New information from our Division of Geriatrics faculty clinicians and researchers was shared, with presentations on the following topics:
- What Is Alzheimer’s Disease? – presented by Nate Chin, MD
- Caregiving: Impact on Families – presented by Andrea Gilmore-Bykovskyi, PhD, MS, RN
- Current and Emerging Treatments – presented by Cindy Carlsson, MD, MS
- Advances in Early Diagnosis and Prevention – presented by Sterling Johnson, PhD
- Master of ceremonies – hosted by Sanjay Asthana, MD
Spirit of Aging Camp
The Division of Geriatrics and Department of Ophthalmology partnering with UW Health provided a free community event for our patients to celebrate growing older by attending our Spirit of Aging Camp. A free breakfast and lunch were provided, along with an amazing backpack full of complimentary goodies! The day’s activities focused on the following topics:
- Your Home, Your Way: Aging in place. Home design considerations. Lighting. Fall risks.
- Living Your Best Life: Aging diseases - signs and signals. Driving tips. Volunteer opportunities. Community resources for late life depression.
- Delicious Dining: Nutrition for eyes and brains. Easy ways to prepare good food at home. What to order at restaurants.
- Moving Mountains: Wellness and moving your body. Safety. Activity levels. Guided movements.
Wisconsin Update in Geriatric Medicine
The Division of Geriatrics in partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin hosted a national Wisconsin Update in Geriatric Medicine for over 150 providers who care for older adults: physicians, physician assistants, nurses and nurse practitioners, pharmacists, psychologists, dieticians, and social workers. This biannual event is one of the best national events focused on current topics related to aging disease and geriatric patient care. During the 4 ½ day course, participants learn about principles of aging; the clinical approach to the geriatric patient; major syndromes such as dementia, incontinence, falls and metabolic bone disease; organ-specific diseases that have special import for the geriatric patient; and clinical pearls regarding care for the geriatric population.
Memories Matter Breakfast
A Memories Matter Breakfast was held to provide new information on the hope in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease through The Initiative to End Alzheimer’s (IEA) at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Advocating for this cause and disease is very personal to many faculty clinicians and researchers within the Division of Geriatrics. The IEA’s mission is dedicated to finding a cure and supporting individuals living with the disease and their families, and we are grateful to those who attended and left inspired. We want to share a brief video recapping the highlights of this wonderful event. Click here to watch the recap.
Donations to UW Initiative to End Alzheimer’s to support the advancement of Alzheimer’s research can be made by clicking here.