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.
The Legacy Interviews is our newest ASA Studios Production. This 12-week webcast series will feature interviews with diverse legendary pathfinders who have spent decades in the field of aging, health and social services. Each interview will be conducted by Ken Dychtwald, PhD, to capture the wisdom and character of gerontology’s pioneers to inform, inspire and guide current professionals in the fields of aging and related services for years to come.
These conversations will delve into topics such as:
- How our healthcare, financial, social services and infrastructure systems can better support older adults and their caregivers;
- Ageism in the workplace, politics, media and popular culture;
- The opportunities and obligations of today’s and tomorrow’s elders;
- The individual, social and systemic dimensions of diversity and equity.
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 https://giving.uth.edu/memorial.
All HGS memberships from 2020 are extended through the end of 2021!
Welcome to an extra year of educational & networking events! Current members need to take no action, as membership will automatically be extended through the end of next year.
Not a member? Not a problem! A membership application will be available soon!
The Houston Gerontological Society’s
Certified Nurse Assistants (CNA)
2017 scholarship winners !
Marie Noel-KemiangIn loving memory of one of the
HGS founding members Dr. Ruth DeHart.
CNA Scholars Celebration
Students enjoying CNA 2017-2018 scholarships!
A few of our 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 evening networking lecture events:
HGS 2021 Events
- April 27,2021 - Food for Thought: The Essential Nutrition
- February 18,2021 - Ask the Experts: COVID-19 Vaccine
- January 28, 2021 - What to Do When Things Don’t Go According to Plan
Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Food for Thought: The Essential Nutrition.
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.
$20 for Non-Members
Free for Members!
HGS Annual Meeting
Thursday, January 28th, at 6:30 PM
HGS ANNUAL MEETING
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!
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
- December 17, 2020 - Oral Health for Older Adults
- October 15, 2020 - Swag & Snacks Mailed to Your Door
- September 29, 2020-Seniors & Loneliness: Combatting the Dangers of Social Isolation During COVID-19
- August 19, 2020-Combating the Impact of Social Isolation During the Pandemic: A Community Dialogue
- June 11, 2020-COVID-19 Town Hall Conversation III
- June 11, 2020-Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research
- April 22, 2020-COVID-19 “Ask the Experts in Geriatric Health”
- April 1, 2020-COVID-19 “Ask the Experts in Geriatric Health”
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 email@example.com.
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: https://events.hgsociety.org/August2020
What: HGS presents Dr. Carmel Dyer, “Combating the Impact of Social Isolation During the Pandemic: A Community Dialogue”
When: Wednesday, 8/19 12pm- 1pm
Where: Virtual meeting through Webex.
or use the meeting access code: 120 678 3767
Find more information about Dr. Dyer the below.
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.
When: June 11, 2020 at 1pm
Where: Zoom Virtual Meeting
Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAoc-CoqDMiHdzPzUkuFdq-PUDDKXuYx5c9
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.
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:https://bakerripley.zoom.us/j/330496012
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
- December 19, 2019 - Lunch n’ Learn with HGS: “SPRY Seniors Preparing for the Rainbow Years and the Law Harrington Senior Living Center”
- October 22, 2019 - HGS Networking Power Hour
- September 11, 2019 - The Therapeutic Value of Reminiscing
- June 11, 2019 - Adapting to Age: A Panel Discussion on Planning, Building, and Technology Concepts
- April 24, 2019 - 2019 Update on Dementia Research
- January 30, 2019 - Hemophilia and Aging: An Integrative Care Panel Presentation
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
The Therapeutic Value of Reminiscing
Founder of Heritage Films
Location & Sponsor: Belmont Village Hunter’s Creek
7667 Woodway Houston, TX 77063
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
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
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
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
HGS 2018 Events
- December 12, 2018 - The HGS Holiday Meeting Featuring Comedienne Karen Cunningham
- October 24, 2018 - Five Practices for Aging with Intention
- August 15, 2018 - Nutrition in Aging
- May 23 2018- Improving Recovery from Hospitalization in Older Adults, Event at Village of River Oaks
- March 14, 2018: Geriatric Health Care, Financial, & Legislative Update with Conner Greenspan, LFNA
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: http://funnykaren.com/
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®.
Located at 1600 Augusta Dr.,
Houston, TX 77057
Phone: (713) 977-1400
Speaker: John P. Schuster
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 http://www.johnpschuster.com/conscious-aging/ 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
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
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
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
Director of Marketing
The Village of River Oaks
Office: 713-952-7600 Cell: 713-647-2230
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
HGS 2017 Events
- Wednesday, 30 Nov 2017-Holiday Celebration of Aging and the Arts! Teri Miller, MS, OTR, and Jennifer Hackney, MT-BC
- Wednesday, 25 Oct 2017-Vivienne Armstrong, RN
- 19 September 2017 - Patrick Talley
- Wednesday, 14 June 2017 - Dr. Carmel Dyer, M.D., Gerontologist
- April 26, 2017-Peggy Determeyer, PhD, BCC McGee Fellow in Bioethics and Aging
- March 9, 2017-Robyn Horn
- January 25, 2017~ Rebecca Lunstroth, JD, MA
Holiday Celebration of Aging and the Arts!
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
1407 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.
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.
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
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
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
- December 6, 2016 - Robert Landau
- November 3-5, 2016 Aging Life Care Conference
- October 13, 2016 - Barbara Mancini
- September 14, 2016 - Dr. Sandra Gomez
Managing Difficult People During the Holidays!
Recipes for Making the Holidays Brighter & More Effective
With Robert Landau, on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at The Buckingham
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.