Program Details

Aging is Not a Disease

Mandi Sehgal
Health & Fitness / Personal Improvement

Course Description

In recent years we have learned to distinguish usual or customary aging from disease processes, and have gained insights into "healthy aging." However, many healthcare professionals treat aging as a disease, and fail to provide person-centered care. Through an engaging discussion, this session aims to dispel the myth that aging is a disease. Participants will engage with a Geriatrician, a physician specializing in caring for older adults, to understand how a geriatrics specialist can optimize their care by providing person-centered care and ensuring quality of life and function. By the end of the session, participants should be able to identify social factors that appear to impact the health of older persons, identify and promote evidence-based health promotion activities that improve outcomes for older persons, and describe how a Geriatrician is different than an internal medicine or family physician.

About the Instructor

  • Mandi Sehgal, MD is a nationally recognized Geriatric clinician-educator, currently serving as the American Geriatrics Society Teachers’ Section Chair and Editor for the Education Section of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Sehgal is an Associate Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University where she serves as the Director of the Geriatrics and Healthy Aging Curriculum and the Director of the Geriatrics/Palliative Care Clerkship.  Sehgal’s scholarly interests include designing, implementing novel geriatrics-focused undergraduate and graduate curriculum, understanding adult learning styles and how to accommodate teaching to their unique needs, and use of innovative educational teaching platforms. Sehgal has been a co-investigator on four grant funded projects totaling over two million dollars. In 2010 - 2015, she was awarded a prestigious Geriatric Academic Career Award from the U.S. Bureau of Health Professions. Sehgal is a champion of providing the best quality of life for her older adult patients while maintaining their safety and independence and believes it is her privilege to work with the vibrant older adult community. She has been the recipient of several teaching awards and has been named a “Top Doc” in her field.

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