Mayo Clinic hosts first aging conference

Today, the first ever international conference on the aging process begins in Red Wing, Minn. The First Annual Mayo Clinic Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging Conference will pair clinicians and researchers in a four-day forum that runs through June 20. The intention is to provide a space for clinicians and researchers to share best practices and collaborate with one another.

International experts will descend on the small Minnesota town to share recent findings on why and how we age. The physicians and researchers present have spent their careers discovering  why people become frail as they age.

It’s quite a specialty. According to the Mayo Clinic, there are only about 7,500 geriatricians in the U.S. – 9,000, if you include geriatric psychiatrists.  It’s considered a minor specialty when you figure there are over 815,000 practicing physicians in the country.

The Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging is one of a kind. The goal of the center is to discover ways to delay the onset of age-related diseases and disabilities and, if they do occur, to find ways to make them more manageable.

Engage As You Age is excited about such research, specifically the Kogod Center’s work with independent living and aging in place. Researchers are developing technologies that are keeping elderly individuals as independent as possible, for as long as possible.

Even though we’re comparatively low-tech — with personalized visits that foster old-fashioned friendships and inspire new interests — we like the sound of that.

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