On Thursday, May 18, Alexis Eastman, MD, associate clinical professor, Geriatrics and Gerontology, received the inaugural Aging Advocate Award from the Madison-based nonprofit AgeBetter, Inc. The award honors an advocate for older adults and devotes volunteer and professional time promoting healthy aging and preventing ageism.
A highly regarded clinician and educator, Dr. Eastman’s expertise in geriatric medicine has been sought by organizations across Wisconsin, from the Madison Optimism Club to the Sauk Prairie Hospital and beyond. For five years she has led aging-related workshops for participants of AgeBetter, Inc.’s Sharing Active Independent Lives (SAIL) program.
“We wanted to recognize the impact that Dr. Eastman has made in the Madison area community to dispel ageism, provide education to older adults, and promote geriatrics as a profession,” says Ann Albert, executive director of AgeBetter, Inc. “It is impossible to measure the impact [she has] made on our community and throughout the nation.”
"I don’t view it as volunteer work," says Dr. Eastman. "I view it as a necessary part of community care—it’s part of my job to make sure that the information I have reaches the most people possible. And it’s fun."
Banner: Alexis Eastman, MD, associate clinical professor, Geriatrics and Gerontology. Credit: Clint Thayer/Department of Medicine