Division of Geriatrics Multimedia


Advance Care Planning for Future Medical Decisions

11/15/2016: It is important that our wishes about medical care, should we become incapable of making our own decisions, be known. Find out what you need to know about life-planning decisions including the living will/advance directive and durable power of attorney for health care. This course was made possible by the Optimizing Aging Collaborative at UCSF which is supported by the UCSF Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Grant Number U1QHP28727. Series: "UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine presents Mini Medical School for the Public".


What is My Prognosis? Using information on Life Expectancy to Make Important Decisions

11/8/2016: Alex Smith, MD, MPH is a clinician-researcher at the University of California San Francisco who is at the forefront of efforts to integrate geriatrics and palliative care. This course was made possible by the Optimizing Aging Collaborative at UCSF which is supported by the UCSF Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Grant Number U1QHP28727. Series: "UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine presents Mini Medical School for the Public".


Thinking and Doing: Cognitive Aging and Function

11/1/2016: There are many normal physiological changes that come with aging. Anne Fabiny, MD helps distinguish those from the pathological changes of disease or illness. Then, Craig Wingate of the Alzheimer's Association, provides clues to differentiate typical aging with Alzheimer's. When we can make that distinction we can focus on being resilient, sustaining a sense of purpose and vitality, even while coping with stressful experiences. This course was made possible by the Optimizing Aging Collaborative at UCSF which is supported by the UCSF Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Grant Number U1QHP28727.


Medication Optimization

10/25/2016: Powerful medicines save lives but also carry risks. Find out how to avoid excessive or unnecessary use of medications while achieving the desired benefits. John Newman, MD, PhD and Pharmacist Kirby Lee look at the principles of medication in older adults and caution that too much of anything, including medicine, can cause harm. This course was made possible by the Optimizing Aging Collaborative at UCSF which is supported by the UCSF Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Grant Number U1QHP28727.


Health Benefits of Staying Social: Connecting with Your Community

10/18/2016: The complexities of aging and health can result in loneliness and social isolation. Carla Perissinotto, MD, MHS , UCSF Division of Geriatrics, looks at the health effects of being lonely, who is at risk and what you can do. Then take a look at programs that provide services older adults and their caregivers. This course was made possible by the Optimizing Aging Collaborative at UCSF which is supported by the UCSF Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Grant Number U1QHP28727. .


Staying Active At Every Ability Level: Mobility and Activity

10/11/2016: Mobility is important for health. Learn about mobility, activity, function and falls and how these relate to health. Then explore ways to assess and improve your mobility with an activity plan. This course was made possible by the Optimizing Aging Collaborative at UCSF which is supported by the UCSF Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Grant Number U1QHP28727. Series: "UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine presents Mini Medical School for the Public".


Too Many Tests and Treatments: Why More is Not Always Better For Seniors

2/16/2016: Ken Covinsky, MD, MPH explains that there can be too many tests and treatments, especially for seniors. Series: "UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine presents Mini Medical School for the Public".


Easing the Pain: Innovative and Effective Approaches to Managing Pain

6/16/2015: Pain is common in the setting of serious illness. Christine Ritchie, MD, MSPH, FACP, FAAHPM, UCSF distinguished professor, explains that it is a complex experience influenced by biology, environment and one's emotions and cognitions. While there are many effective medicines for pain, they also have significant side effects. A holistic approach includes pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic approaches to pain with input and support from an interdisciplinary team. Series: "UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine presents Mini Medical School for the Public".


Giving Your Loved Ones the Gift of Knowing What You Want: Advance Care Planning

5/26/2015: Rebecca Sudore, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF, explains that the goal of advanced care planning is to make sure that the medical care a person gets is the medical care that is in line with her or his life goals and values and to prepare people and their loved ones to make informed choices based on what is most important. Series: "UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine presents Mini Medical School for the Public".


One UCSF: Carla Perissinotto, MD, MHS

3/2015: Carla Perissinotto, MD, MHS, is a geriatrician who helps people live longer, more comfortable, more fulfilling lives. She works with elderly patients through UCSF Care at Home, which provides medical care to home-bound older adults. She visits patients in their home so she can assess their environment and determine the best care plan to keep them safe and living independently. Dr. Perissinotto discusses her passion for her work in geriatrics and how it contributes to the UCSF mission of advancing health worldwide.


Mission In A Minute

1/27/2014: Dr. Carla Perissinotto was selected to make a "Mission in a Minute" video about her mission to improve the lives of vulnerable older adults. The Mission in a Minute video series shines a spotlight on the work of extraordinary people at UC San Francisco. These brief videos allow UCSF faculty to quickly summarize their work, its importance and how it relates to the overall mission at UCSF. The series aims to inspire and inform the world about the many ways scientists, scholars, clinicians, and trainees carry out their work as part of the University's mission to advance health worldwide.