Keynotes

Louise Aronson, MD, MFA

Geriatrician, Author, Professor of Medicine

University of California San Francisco (UCSF), San Francisco, CA

Title: Elderhood: Redefining Old Age to Reimagine Life

Description: We will explore how the way we talk about old age, colloquially and professionally, contributes to the challenges of growing old in America. Compare medicine and society’s approaches to childhood, adulthood, and elderhood.  We will also identify the opportunities to use aging and gerontology to improve society and health for everyone.

Bio: Dr. Aronson is a leading geriatrician, writer, educator, professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the author of the New York Times bestseller “Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, and Reimagining Life”. Elderhood has been praised as a “monumental book about growing old in America-with powerful arguments and revolutionary conclusions that will challenge your assumptions and open your mind about aging.” Her writing appears in publications including The New York Times, Washington Post, Discover Magazine, JAMA, Bellevue Literary Review and the New England Journal of Medicine. Her work has been featured on TODAY, CBS This Morning, NPR’s Fresh Air, Politico, LitHub, Kaiser Health News, and Tech Nation.                         


Peter F. Banitt, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I.

Non-invasive/Invasive/Interventional Cardiology

The Oregon Clinic, Portland, OR

Title: Deprescribing Cardiac Medications in Older Adults

Description: De-prescribing is the process of medication withdrawal or dose reduction to correct or prevent medication related complications and improve outcomes.  This presentation will look at the rationale for de-prescribing cardiac medications in older adults, review triggers to reduce or modify them, and develop a framework on how to de-prescribe the medications.

Bio: Dr. Banitt is a general & interventional cardiologist with The Oregon Clinic.  He treats patients with all varieties of cardiovascular disease and is skilled in performing coronary stenting and other procedures. Originally from Iowa, Dr. Banitt received his medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine. He then trained in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at Beth Israel Hospital and Brigham & Women’s Hospital, both teaching hospitals of Harvard Medical School in Boston. He has spoken nationally and internationally on the role of PTSD on heart disease.  He also works closely with Naturopathic physicians and other complimentary health providers in optimizing patient’s cardiac care.


Barak Gaster, MD, FACP

Professor of Medicine

University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Title: Advance Care Planning for Dementia: Directives and More

Description: Dementia is one of the most challenging conditions to navigate for patients and families as the disease progresses. This presentation will explore the full options which are available to help align the care that patients get with the care they would have wanted.

Bio: Barak Gaster is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington. He served as the Medical Director of the General Internal Medicine Center there and now serves as the Chair of the UW Medicine Advance Care Planning Committee. He has 20 years’ experience as a primary care doctor and now leads a program to educate health professionals about dementia. The Dementia Directive he helped create has been downloaded more than 100,000 times by people across the country and has been featured in the New York Times and on NPR.


Wendy Lustbader, M.S.W. 

Lecturer and Clinical Associate Professor, School of Social Work

University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Title: Living As Prescribed: Ways to Motivate Improved Self-Care

Description: Older adults and younger people with disabilities are often labeled non-compliant when they staunchly resist medical advice, rebel against dietary restrictions, ignore warnings about fall risks, refuse to participate in rehab, or fail to use adaptive devices for their own health and safety. This session explores approaches for motivating improved self-care while respecting the right to self-determination.

Bio: Wendy Lustbader is the author of several books that have earned her a national reputation in the field of aging. She is a speaker at conferences throughout the United States and Canada, using storytelling to animate complex subjects. Additionally, she is a skilled psychotherapist, having worked almost twenty years with people from all walks of life at a community clinic in downtown Seattle. Currently, she is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University Of Washington School Of Social Work in Seattle. Her latest books are “What’s Worth Knowing”, a collection of pithy insights gathered from older people, and “Life Gets Better”, which explores how life improves as we get older, on every level except the physical.

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