The Houston Gerontological Society

has served Houston’s professional community since 1986 

and is dedicated to strengthening and enhancing current

and future services for older adults and their families.

Dr. Carmel Dyer

It is with great sadness that HGS shares the passing of Dr. Carmel Dyer, who was a trailblazer for geriatric health and a great friend to our organization. Dr. Dyer will be forever remembered for her compassionate care and tremendous leadership in geriatrics. We will miss her greatly.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to UTHealth, 7000 Fannin, Suite 1200, Houston, TX 77030 benefitting the Carmela and Salvatore Bitondo Graduate Fellowship in Elder Mistreatment.

Donations can be made online at

The Houston Gerontological Society’s

Certified Nurse Assistants (CNA)

2017 scholarship winners !



Rayshell Butler
Arkadina Taylor
Marie Noel-KemiangIn loving memory of one of the
HGS founding members Dr. Ruth DeHart.

CNA Scholars Celebration

Students enjoying CNA 2017-2018 scholarships!

HGS 2022 Events

Research Update

by Richard Elbein, CEO of the

Networking starts at 5:30pm
Dinner and Program start at 6:30pm

Free for Members, $25 for Non-members

Brookdale West University

5151 Buffalo Speedway,
Houston, TX 77005

Perfection Lecture Series

event hosted by the UT Health Houston McGovern Medical School in honor of Carmel Dyer MD


Briar Club

September 15th

Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Networking starts at 5:30 PM
Dinner and Panel Presentation at 6:30 PM

Paul Zambie, JD
Managing Attorney with Texas Legal Service Center

Free for Members, $25 for Non-members

Brookdale The Heights
2121 Pinegate
Houston, TX 77008

Registration required

Join Us Celebrating Older Americans Month

Resources for Caregivers: Highlighting Houston Non-Profits Offering Hope

Wednesday May 18, 2022

Networking starts at 5:30 PM

Dinner and Panel Presentation at 6:30 PM

Sally Davis Amazing Place

Andrea Williams CarePartners

Peggy Determeyer Hope & Healing Center & Institute

$25 for Non-members

Compassionate Transitions

Creating an environment of acceptance, love, peace, grace, and presence at end-of-life

Laura Sutherland, LMSW
Founder & Director of the Gayle Wells Foundation

Gayle Wells Foundation

Tuesday April 19, 2022

The Belmont Hunters Creek 

7667 Woodway Dr., Houston 77063

Networking starts at 5:30 PM 

Dinner and Program start at 6:30 PM

Free CEU for members;  $25 for Non-members

Tuesday February 15, 2022 at 6:00 PM on Zoom

Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment, Treatment Trials

Paul E. Schulz, MD

Professor and Vice Chair

Department of Neurology

McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

Dr. Paul Schulz, M.D., is a Professor of Neurology, and Director of the Memory Disorders and Dementia Clinic at McGovern Medical School. Dr. Schulz cares for patients at the Mischer Neuroscience Institute and UTHealth Neurosciences, where he sees patients who have cognitive, behavioral, or mood disorders. His group is investigating risk factors for dementia in order to understand why it develops, including both environmental and genetic factors

This activity provides 1.0 contact hours of nursing professional development

Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

HGS 2021 Events

Robert Landau
Motivational Speaker Robert Landau


What a year it’s been! COVID has created extra stresses on top of other stresses one is prone to experience this time of year. There’s a way to manage all that stress and make this holiday season the best yet!

Motivational Speaker Robert Landau is back to give you the ‘lift’ you need. He’ll share some easy and effective ways to put joy back into the holidays.

Motivational Speaker Robert Landau has delivered over 3,000 presentations and workshops in over 20 countries in his 15 year speaking career. An accomplished Actor in New York City, then a celebrated international Cruise Director for 10 years with 300 ports of call on 400 cruises with major cruise lines, Robert also makes many appearances on radio and television broadcasts.

This is also HGS’ annual business meeting, at which we’ll elect officers for 2022.

SETxGWEP Zoom Presentation



The doubling of life expectancy over the last 100 years has raised concerns and questions about healthy aging. Older adults require distinct care considerations because single-disease treatment guidelines are not developed with consideration for the complexity that comes with age — e.g. multiple chronic conditions, cognitive impairment — rendering traditional approaches unsuitable and even harmful to older adults.

The SETxGWEP is part of a national network of 48 GWEP programs across 35 states and 2 territories (Guam and Puerto Rico), the purpose of which is to train the healthcare workforce to deliver age-friendly care that is sensitive to the unique care considerations of older adults.

You are invited to an HGS Zoom panel presentation at 1:00 pm on Friday, August 20, 2021, at which local GWEP faculty members will explain their programs and how you can get involved. Login is 713 557 1010. There is no password.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Food for Thought: The Essential Nutrition.

Dr. Madhureeta (Reeta) Achari, MD
Dr. Madhureeta (Reeta) Achari, MD

Our bodies rely on our diet to provide the fuel to function. Surprisingly, some of the popular diets aren’t very good for us.

Please join us as Dr. Madhureeta (Reeta) Achari, MD, a neurologist and long-time cook who – when she found that some of her patients’ health issues were associated with their eating habits — began writing recipes in addition to prescriptions. Dr. Achari hopes to stave off epidemics of diabetes, coronary heart disease and childhood obesity by raising awareness of the benefits of healthy eating.

Dr. Achari received her MD from UT McGovern Medical School in Houston and did her internship, neurology residence, and fellowship in epilepsy/neurophysiology there as well. She has been practicing nutritional neurology for over a decade and is co-chair of the Nutrition Committee of the American Academy of Neurology.

We look forward to seeing you by Zoom on Tuesday, April 27.
No password.
$20 for Non-Members

Free for Members!




Thursday, February 18th 12:00pm

Ask the Experts: COVID-19 Vaccine

HGS Annual Meeting

on Zoom

Thursday, January 28th, at 6:30 PM

Join the


and enjoy a smile and laugh with meaningful, but fun, inspirational lecture by the unique Robert Landau to start off 2021:

What to Do When Things Don’t Go According to Plan

Join National Motivational Speaker and certified Life Coach Robert Landau, as he outlines easy and effective ways to get back on track when things don’t go the way you’ve expected them to.  Enjoy and benefit from equal doses of information, motivation, and inspiration!

Robert Landau

The Woodlands resident Motivational Speaker Robert Landau, has delivered over 3,200 Keynote Presentations in over 20 countries in his 15 year speaking career. An accomplished Actor in New York City, then a celebrated international Cruise Director for 10 years with 300 ports of call on 400 cruises with major cruise lines, Robert has also appeared on the HLN/CNN Cable News Networks. His book, “You Are the Captain of Your Ship” will soon be released.

What: What to Do When Things Don’t Go According to Plan

When: Thursday, January 28th, at 6:30 PM

Where: Virtual Event ZOOM

HGS 2020 Events

HGS Invites You To

Oral Health for Older Adults

Thursday, December 17th, 2020

Swag & Snacks Mailed to Your Door

from Dallas Area Gerontological Society

Thursday, October 15th

Networking & CEU’s (5.75 contact hours)

Social Workers, Nurses, LPC’s, and Assisted Living Administrators.
The virtual Dallas Area Gerontological Society’s Annual Fall Forum will be innovative, informative and interactive this year. There will be great speakers and interactive virtual “booths”.

What: Swag & Snacks Mailed to Your Door

When: Thursday, October 15th

Where: Virtual Event

Networking & CEU’s (5.75 contact hours)


Jennifer L. FitzPatrick, MSW, LCSW-C, CSP

Jenerations Health Education, Founder

Jennifer has more than two decades of experience in healthcare. She taught gerontology at the college level for nearly 20 years and is currently an adjunct faculty member at Johns Hopkins University’s Odyssey Certificate on Aging Program. She is also the author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One. In addition, Jennifer is frequently featured in national media including ABC, CBS, Univision, Sirius XM, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post and many others.

For questions or concerns, email

Tuesday • September 29, 2020 | 11:00 AM PST | 1:00 PM CST

What: HGS Invites You To, “Seniors & Loneliness: Combatting the Dangers of Social Isolation During COVID-19”

If you weren’t familiar with the term “social distancing” before this pandemic you certainly are now. While social distancing is a critical preventive measure during this difficult time, it’s important to remember that all of us are at risk for social isolation and loneliness because of it. This timely, interactive and virtual program will examine the dangers of social isolation and loneliness while offering ideas on how to prevent it during this period of social distancing.

When: September 29, 2020, 11AM

Where: ZOOM Virtual Event

A CEU Event


Dr. Carmel Dyer

Wednesday, August 19 | 12 pm – 1 pm

Register today:

What: HGS presents Dr. Carmel Dyer, “Combating the Impact of Social Isolation During the Pandemic: A Community Dialogue”

When: Wednesday, 8/19 12pm- 1pm

Evaluation Form:

Where: Virtual meeting through Webex.

or use the meeting access code: 120 678 3767

Find more information about Dr. Dyer the below.

Dr. Carmel Bitondo Dyer is a nationally renowned geriatrician leader who has served as a clinician, researcher, educator, and administrator for the last 25 years. Dr. Dyer is board certified in Geriatric Medicine and has received national and local recognition for clinical program building, teaching ability, research inroads, and dedication to the health care of older persons. Over her career, Dr. Dyer has successfully established 20 clinical programs in multiple health systems. This unique blend of expertise in clinical, administrative, and legislative areas, along with her educational and research capabilities, have brought her to design an innovative model of care that will transform the way geriatric healthcare is delivered. This model will prove a disruption for the current healthcare industry as it strives to increase quality of care while lowering costs. Dr. Dyer seeks to implement, refine and ultimately disseminate this new tier of senior care.

Tammy Mermelstein headshot

Tammy Mermelstein

Joining Dr. Carmel Dyer

Tammy Mermelstein has dedicated her career to empowering others.  She is currently working
with the University of Houston-Downtown to create the Collaboratory for Aging Resources and
Education. Previously, at Care for Elders, Tammy was lead author on A Spotlight on Aging, a
data report on Harris County’s older adults and the Senior Guidance Directory, an information
and resource guide and developed interactive presentations for professionals, older adults, and

She currently is serving on the Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s Aging Texas
Well Advisory Committee, Houston Gerontological Society Board, the Region 6 Adult
Protective Services Board, and the Harris County Foster Grandparent Advisory Council.  Tammy
has also guest lectured in university and graduate classes and contributed to an undergraduate
social work textbook.

Prior to joining Care for Elders, she developed award-winning career and financial education
programs. Tammy earned her Master’s in Social Work and Certificate in Non-Profit
Management from Georgia State University, her law degree from the University of Miami, and
her Bachelor of Arts degree from Stephen F. Austin State University.

A one hour CE will be offered to nurses and social workers. H.I.S. Cornerstone is an approved provider of nursing continuing professional development by Louisiana State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. LSNA Provided No. 4002094

The event is free to the public, but registration is required.


Dr. Marc L. Boom,
President and CEO of Houston Methodist

from the Houston Methodist Hospital Foundation

Thursday, June 11 | 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
You are invited to join a virtual town hall conversation with Dr. Marc L. Boom, President and CEO of Houston Methodist, and leading physicians and researchers on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19.
Followed by a question and answer session.



Ann Marie McDonald, MBA,
Chief Program Officer of the Houston & Southeast Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association

When: June 11, 2020 at 1pm
Where: Zoom Virtual Meeting
Registration Link:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

A one hour CE will be offered to nurses and social workers.

H.I.S. Cornerstone is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association – Approver, an accredited approver with distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


HGS President

Rick Cagney, J.D., MBA

From the desk of Houston Gerontological Society president Rick Cagney in partnership with Jane Bavineau of BakerRipley

The Houston Gerontological Society president Rick Cagney invites you and members of your organization to accept this invitation by Jane Babineau and Baylor College of Medicine to participate in another wonderful online program, so that you can be on top of this pandemic.

Here is your Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 964 4458 7617

COVID-19 Ask the Experts in Geriatric Care

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has presented a unique threat to older adults. To provide guidance and updated information on how to work and care for our most vulnerable patients, clients, staff, as well as our own older family members, in this unprecedented epidemic, the two Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Programs (GWEPs) in Texas (South East Texas GWEP at Baylor College of Medicine and the Workforce Enhancement Healthy Aging and Independent Living GWEP at the University of North Texas Health Science Center) are joining together with our partners to host a statewide virtual town hall to answer your questions. Funded by the Health Resources Services Administration, the GWEPs are regional training programs comprised of inter-professional experts in geriatric care to improve health care outcomes and maximize patient and family engagement in settings that serve older adults. Following a successful Town Hall on April 1st, the GWEPs are back again to offer updated information, more resources and extended guidance. Whether you’re interested in resources to manage the anxiety and stress of social isolation, guidance on how transmission risk may change as communities reopen, or just straight talk on the COVID-19 situation, the Texas Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Programs are here to help!

Submit questions HERE to help us develop content that matters to YOU. GWEP clinicians will answer your questions and discuss topics such as:

· Updated information on the coronavirus and the risk to older adults
· Resources to manage the anxiety and stress of social isolation
· Practical advice on getting back to work safely
· How to take infection control precautions as communities reopen
· Supporting your clients, staff and older family members to navigate their own health, safety & sanity

Join us for an informative presentation and live Q&A:
Apr 22, 2020 09:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
888 788 0099 US Toll-free
877 853 5247 US Toll-free
Meeting ID: 964 4458 7617

HGS President

Rick Cagney, J.D., MBA

The Houston Gerontological Society offers its first meeting online.

Houston Gerontological Society president Rick Cagney invites you and members of your organization to accept this invitation by Jane Babineau and Baylor College of Medicine to learn how to protect yourself and team members against COVID-19. Be on top of this pandemic.

Here is a link to the Zoom meeting:

Meeting ID: 330 496 012

Please see below:

COVID-19 “Ask the Experts in Geriatric Health”

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has presented a unique threat to older adults. To provide guidance and updated information on how to work and care for our most vulnerable patients, clients and staff in this unprecedented epidemic, the faculty of the South East Texas Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program at Baylor College of Medicine will be hosting a virtual town hall to answer your questions. Established in July 2019, the SETxGWEP draws together inter-professional experts, from medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health and community-based organizations, to provide training that improves health care for older adults and maximizes patient and family engagement. Whether you want guidance on how best to keep clients safe, how to get staff back to work safely, or just updated information on the virus threat… the South East Texas Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program faculty is here to help.

RSVP and Submit questions HERE to help us develop content that matters to YOU. SETxGWEP clinicians will answer your questions and discuss:

· Updated information on the coronavirus and the risk to older adults
· How to take infection control precautions to protect your clients
· Practical advice on getting back to work safely
· Supporting your clients and staff to navigate their own health, safety & sanity

Join us for an informative presentation and live Q&A:
Apr 1, 2020 09:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
Toll-free US dial in: 888-788-0099
Meeting ID: 330 496 012

HGS 2019 Events

Lunch n’ Learn with HGS:

“SPRY Seniors Preparing for the Rainbow Years

and the Law Harrington Senior Living Center”

 Speaker: Richard Gamez

Location: Montrose Center


 Thursday, December 19th at 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Montrose Center, 401 Branard St, Houston, TX 77006

HGS Networking Power Hour

Tuesday, October 22nd at 5:30 p.m.

Pico’s, Agave Room: 3601 Kirby Drive Houston, TX 77098

Join us for HGS’ inaugural Networking Power Hour!

Bring a lot of business cards and get ready to mix and mingle.

We will have a prize for “Super Networker”!

Drinks and light bites will be served.

Location: Pico’s, Agave Room


Find out more…

The Therapeutic Value of Reminiscing



Chance McClain

Founder of Heritage Films

Read More…

Location & Sponsor: Belmont Village Hunter’s Creek

7667 Woodway Houston, TX 77063

Map to Belmont Village Hunter’s Creek

Each Belmont community is developed to high standards of safety and hospitality, and is specifically designed for the needs of elder residents. Our locations are carefully chosen in attractive, established neighborhoods with convenient access to major health care centers and the amenities of the surrounding community.

On Wednesday September 11, 2019, networking at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m., discussion to follow.



Adele Cohen Segel, ASID

Owner of Relocate and Renovate

Dan Bawden, CAPS, CGP, CGR, GMB

President of Legal Eagle Contractors

Nate Davis

Owner of Livogis- Aging at Home Solutions

Location & Sponsor: The Anthology at Tanglewood

Located across from quaint Tanglewood Park in Houston’s west side, the area surrounding Anthology of Tanglewood is as beautiful and charming as the community itself. Enjoy quick access to essential amenities and services as well as luxury spas, championship golf courses, bustling shopping centers and some of the best dining in all of Houston. Take your leisure time to the next level with a stroll through the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center or hit the green at Memorial Park Golf Course and Driving Range. At Anthology of Tanglewood, everything you need—and want—is waiting for you.


Located at 504 Bering Dr.
Houston, TX 77057
Phone: (713) 782-8000

Map to The Anthology at Tanglewood


Julie Kutac, MA, PhD is the Professional Education and Research Specialist for the Alzheimer’s Association-Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter.  Dr. Kutac received her BS in Molecular Biology with a minor in Theology from Texas Lutheran University, her MA in Religious Studies from Rice University, and her PhD in Medical Humanities from the University of Texas Medical Branch. 

Dr. Kutac’s research at Rice University focused upon the ethics of memory and first person illness narratives that captured the subjective experience of Alzheimer’s disease.  At the Institute for the Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, she continued her studies on aging and elder care as a National Institute of Aging Pre-Doctoral Fellow with the Sealy Center on Aging.  Her dissertation focused upon suffering, the elderly, and ways that the medical humanities can improve the practitioner-patient relationship.  Dr. Kutac has been awarded the Texas Lutheran University Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Chester R. Burns Award in Medical Humanities, the John D. and Ann Stobo Award in Oslerian Medicine. She is a member of the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement.

As the Professional Education and Research Specialist for the Alzheimer’s Association, Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter, Dr. Kutac serves as a content expert for the chapter.  The trainer for two different dementia grants, Dr. Kutac prepares and delivers engaging, evidence based education programs to health care providers across Texas. She also liaises with the scientists studying Alzheimer’s disease in the Texas Medical Center and Southeast Texas, facilitating connections between the scientists and the community.  Dr. Kutac has presented her research at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities national conference, the Conference on Medicine and Religion, among others. Her writings are published in The Journal of General Internal Medicine, The Journal of the Medical Humanities, and The Journal of Religion and Health.

Location & Sponsor: Holly Hall Retirement Community

Founded by a group of civic-minded Houstonians in 1949, Holly Hall is Houston’s first retirement community. A strong history of community support and philanthropy has allowed Holly Hall to keep its vibrant legacy of caring and community involvement alive. A 51-member board of directors governs Holly Hall, and the administrative staff oversees Holly Hall’s daily operations. Many staff members have served Holly Hall residents for decades.


Located at 2000 Holly Hall St.
Houston, TX 77054
Phone: (713) 799-9031

Map to Holly Hall


A panel from the Gulf States Hemophilia & Thrombophilia Center at The University of Texas Health Science Centers.

This informative presentation will offer Physical Care Considerations for the Aging Hemophilia Patient beyond Independent Living.

Gulf States Hemophilia & Thrombophilia Center

Location: The Village of Meyerland


The Village of Meyerland is conveniently located near the West University Place, Bellaire, and Meyerland neighborhoods in Houston, TX. The Village of Meyerland is a distinctive presence in this established community providing an outstanding environment for assisted living and memory care senior residents.


Located at 4141 N Braeswood Blvd.,
Houston, TX 77025
Phone: (713) 665-4141

Map to The Village of Meyerland

HGS 2018 Events

Speaker: Karen Cunningham


This “natural blonde” bombshell is unafraid to take the perceived “lemons” of life and serve them up to your guest in an ice cold glass of lemonade in the form of laugh out loud jokes. Clean, clever, and Christ-centered, Karen Mayer Cunningham has been bringing side-splitting comedy to crowds for thirty years.

In a culture seemingly ashamed by our mistakes, Karen puts hers on display disarming the hardest hearts. The truth of her humanity makes her relatable which also positioned her as a favorite in comedy competition, “Funniest Moms In America”, and renowned TV show, America’s Got Talent.

Her website:

Location: The Village of Tanglewood

Welcome to the Village of Tanglewood, where you’ll enjoy distinctive independent senior living conveniently located in the hear of Houston’s most desirable area. Here, you can maintain long-time friendships, community ties, and personal interests while simplifying your life. Enjoy a spacious, beautiful suite, delicious meals, and superb care services. Owned and managed by Retirement Center Management, we’re here to provide everything you need to Live Life Well®.

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Located at 1600 Augusta Dr.,
Houston, TX 77057
Phone: (713) 977-1400

Map to The Village of Tanglewood

Speaker: John P. Schuster

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John’s work in aging with intention took root in earnest in 2011 and he is a regular resource as a coach and as a teacher/singer for a variety of individuals and audiences in various stages of their aging process. His website is and his books include one on purpose and vitality, and another on life review and helping your past work for you. He podcast with Public Radio, Stories for the Ages, on aging consciously, is carried by NPR.

He lives in Houston part time with his wife Patricia.


Location: The Buckingham

It’s true The Buckingham is the premier retirement community in Houston, TX, to offer the benefits of Life Care. Though as soon as you step foot through the front doors, you’ll realize it offers far, far more than that.

As a Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC) community, The Buckingham’s goals are echoed by SQLC’s own vision for exceptional senior living experiences. And only further supported by their mission to enrich lives, provide compassionate care and ensure financial security for all they serve.


Located at 8580 Woodway,
Houston, TX 77063
Phone: (713) 979-3090

Map to The Buckingham

Speaker: Wesley McWhorter

Wesley McWhorter is the Culinary Nutrition Director of the Nourish Program and a Lecturer within the Dietetic Internship Program at the University of Texas School of Public Health (UTSPH) in Houston. He is a professionally trained chef, registered dietitian, and certified strength and conditioning specialist. His experience includes corporate wellness, dietetics education, school and hospital foodservice, fine dining, sport’s dietetics, and working as a private chef. He holds degrees in culinary nutrition, dietetics, and nutrition and metabolism additionally he is pursuing a doctorate in public health with an emphasis in Nutrition and Behavioral Sciences.

Wesley currently teaches Culinary Medicine courses at the UTSPH and McGovern Medical School. His research interests are in closing the divide between culinary literacy and nutrition education and policy.

J. Wesley McWhorter, MS, RD, LD, CSCS

Location: Amazing Place

Founded in 1996, Amazing Place is Houston’s only day program exclusively devoted to adults with mild to moderate dementia. Our participants, ranging in age from their 50s to their 90s, benefit from an invigorating program that provides structure, stimulation and socialization.

We also offer caregiver support and community education programs on brain health and dementia free to the community. For more information, please contact Carol Cooper at 713.552.0420.

Located at 3735 Drexel,
Houston, Texas 77027
Phone: (713) 552-0420

Map to Amazing Place

Dr. Volpi is the director of the Sealy Center on Aging. She is also the associate director of the Institute for Translational Sciences and CTSA, and a professor in the departments of Internal Medicine-Geriatrics, Neuroscience and Cell Biology, and Nutrition and Metabolism at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Galveston.  Dr. Volpi currently holds the Daisy Emery Allen Distinguished Chair in Geriatric Medicine.

She received MD and PhD degrees from the University of Perugia, Italy, where she also completed her residency in Endocrinology and Diabetes. After a post-doctoral fellowship in gerontology and metabolism at UTMB, she became a faculty at the University of Southern California where she stayed    for four years before returning to UTMB. read more

Dr. Elena Volpi


Location: Village of River Oaks

The Village of River Oaks is an elegant senior living community located conveniently in the heart of the River Oaks area of Houston, TX. The Village of River Oaks is scheduled to open in the spring of 2017 and will provide independent, assisted living, and memory care senior living apartments and services.

Located at 1015 S Shepherd Dr,
Houston, TX 77019
Mary Broussard
Director of Marketing
The Village of River Oaks
Office: 713-952-7600  Cell: 713-647-2230

Map to Village of River Oaks

Retirement Center Management (RCM) manages The Village of River Oaks. We have more than 30 years of experience, and our senior living properties are known for the exceptional quality of life and gracious living they provide. Our assisted living and memory care services are designed to encourage independence, self-confidence,  mental engagement, wellness, and social involvement so that residents Live Life Well®.
RCM is based in Houston, TX and is privately held.
Conner Greenspan is currently the Texas Healthcare Association Region 7 Chair. He is in the Class of 2018, American Healthcare Association Future Leaders Program, and he is the Advocacy Board Member for the Texas Healthcare Association Board of Directors.

Mr. Greenspan earned his Nursing Facility Administrator license with HMG Healthcare where he has worked in that capacity for the last 5 years, operating 4 different nursing facilities in Houston and surrounding areas over that time.

Dinner was fantastic at Clarewood House.  Since its inception, it has been continuously inspired by a close relationship with the Methodist churches of Houston. In addition to offering weekly, non-denominational worship services to residents in our chapel, there is an in-house chaplain available to provide on-going guidance and prayerful support to residents and their families.   Located at 7400 Clarewood Dr, Houston, TX 77036  Phone(713) 774-5821               Map to Clarewood House

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HGS 2017 Events

JHackney Teri Miller

Holiday Celebration of Aging and the Arts!

With presentations by Teri Miller, MS, OTR, and Jennifer Hackney, MT-BC, 30 November 2017

Holly Hall Retirement Center, 2000 Holly Hall St, Houston, TX 77054

Teri Miller, MS, OTR, is the Early-Stage Programs Manager at the Alzheimer’s Association-Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter, where she has been employed since 1996. Teri has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Texas Women’s University Graduate School of Occupational Therapy, where she co-taught Issues in Adaptation: Intervention with Alzheimer’s Families.

Jennifer Hackney, a Board Certified Music Therapist and a Music Therapist all over the world. With this experience, she intimately understands the power of music to reach and connect people regardless of age, culture, language, and abilities.


Vivienne Armstrong, RN, gave a wonderful and informative presentation to HGS on October 25th
to a full house on LBGTQ Issues in Aging!

Hosted by Village in the Heights!  Fabulous meal and event.
Pictured below were just the appetizers by our generous host Village of the Heights!
The meal was also amazing, topped with celebration chocolate mousse that was delicious.
Hosted by Village of the Heights
407 Studewood, Houston 77008

Vivienne Armstrong, MSN, RN, is a volunteer with Ed-U-CARE, Inc., Dallas, TX.   She is an registered nurse (RN) with a Master of Science in Community Health Nursing from Texas Woman’s University, combined with 40 years of experience in a variety of settings, including acute care, nursing education, community health, home health, and hospice care.

  • Member, American Nurses Association and Texas Nurses Association.
  • Served on various city, county and state community health-related boards, commissions and committees to improve services for the elderly and those with HIV.
  • Recognized with many prestigious awards for professional development and community service achievements.
  • Born in Tennessee, grew up in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and California. Lived in Colorado, Oklahoma and Vermont.
  • As residents of Dallas, Vivienne and her spouse of 46 years, Louise Young, PhD, have been long time activists involved in the area’s social and political life.
  • Now as a retiree, Vivienne is committed to improvement of the health care and services for older adults including the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.
  • Member, Board of Directors and Education Committee of Ed-U-CARE, a local nonprofit organization focused on caregiver education and training. Vivienne has presented basic training on working with older LGBT adults to nursing and social service providers.
  • Certified SAGECare trainer.

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Aging 2.0:  Technology and Seniors,
absolutely inspiring!

Overture Tanglewood hosted the reception and dinner at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 2019 Post Oak Blvd, Houston 77056

Overture Tanglewood, 504 Bering Dr., Houston 77056 is Houston’s 55 and better active adult rental community !
Ask about after Harvey short-term residential specials @ (713) 344-9223.


Photo by Dwight C. Andrews/The University of Texas Medical School at Houston Office of Communications Dr. Carmel Dyer - Internal Medicine Geriatrics and Chief of Staff ad interim at LBJ General Hospital    Dr. Carmel Bitondo Dyer – Internal Medicine Geriatrics and Chief of Staff ad interim at LBJ General Hospital

Dinner and lecture was held at The Forum at Memorial Woods, 777 North Post Oak Road, Houston, TX 77027
Brief bio of Carmel Bitondo Dyer, MD, FACP, AGSF
Roy M. and Phyllis Gough Huffington Chair in Gerontology
Nancy P. & Vincent F. Guinee, M.D. Distinguished Chair
Professor, Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine
Executive Director of the Consortium on Aging
Special Assistant to the President



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Speaker:  Peggy Determeyer, PhD, BCC      Program Flyer:  April2017HGS  

McGee Fellow in Bioethics and Aging at the Hope and Healing Center and Institute
Community Bioethics Dialogues: A Method for Engaging and Empowering the Public Regarding Aging and Health Care Issues        Host and Venue:  Brookdale Post Oak
Robyn Horn: FlyerMarch2017!


CMS Equity Plan for Medicare:  Implications for Seniors with Health Disparities
Venue:  St. Dominic Senior Center


Medical Decisions and the Ethics:  Flyer2017Jan

HGS 2016 Events

LandauSpeakerEEManaging Difficult People During the Holidays! 
Recipes for Making the Holidays Brighter & More Effective
With Robert Landau, on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at The Buckingham

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Aging Life Care Association Conference

Aging Well:  Meeting the Challenge

DoubleTree by Hilton Greenway Plaza
6 E. Greenway Plaza, Houston, TX 77046

This is not an HGS event, but it might be of interest to our members, so we are announcing it in that spirit.

Barbara Mancini Photo-2Compassion and Choices: End of Life Series Part II with Barbara Mancini, R.N.
On Thursday, October 13, 2016, at The Abbey at Westminster Plaza, at 5:30 PM

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SandraGomezMDPalliative Care: End of Life Series
Part I
with Dr. Sandra Gomez, Memorial Hermann Physicians Network: On Wednesday, 14 September 2016, at Brookdale Galleria on Post Oak

DrGomezFlyer:  Please share with your associates.

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