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.
2019 Update on Dementia Research
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.
On Wednesday April 24, 2019, join us for wine and networking at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:15 p.m., presentation to follow.
April 2019 Flyer CEUs will be offered.
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!
Congratulations to our 2018 Board of Directors and new board members !
A few of our 2016, 2017, and 2018 evening networking lecture events:
- January 30, 2019 - Hemophilia and Aging: An Integrative Care Panel Presentation
- 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
- 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
- December 6, 2016 - Robert Landau
- November 3-5, 2016 Aging Life Care Conference
- October 13, 2016 - Barbara Mancini
- September 14, 2016 - Dr. Sandra Gomez
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
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
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The Village of River Oaks
Office: 713-952-7600 Cell: 713-647-2230
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
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
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
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.