College of Health Sciences

West Chester University

Dr. Linda Adams, Dean
Sturzebecker Health Sciences Center
West Chester, PA 19383

Community Track Program
(Sykes Student Union)

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Understanding the Journey of Late Life

Dennis McCullough, MD
Family Physician and Geriatrician, Faculty- Department of Community and Family Medicine
Dartmouth Medical School
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Orienting ourselves, our families and friends, and our care providers to the aging journey is the basis for better health and health care decisions. The landmarks for this journey extend beyond our changing physical states to important emotional, social, psychological and spiritual dimensions. Both geriatric knowledge (diseases and conditions common to aging) and gerontology (the broader study of aging in society) inform this journey.

Dennis McCullough, M.D., has been an "in-the-trenches" family physician and geriatrician for 30 years. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, and serves as a faculty member in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School. He is a member of the American Geriatrics Society, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, and the American Medical Directors Association, as well as the coauthor of The Little Black Book of Geriatrics."

Functional Fitness As We Age

Suzanne Stevens, MS
Wellness Director
Kendal at Longwood Retirement Community
Kennett Square, PA
9:05 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Functional Fitness is training your body to handle real life situations. As we age we need to be aware of our body and the exercises that we can do to help overcome many of the situations that may arise during the day. For example, getting up out of a chair, walking a distance, reaching for a jar; all can be part of a fitness routine. Let's investigate!

Suzanne Stevens is the Wellness Director of Kendal at Longwood Retirement Community in Kennett Square, PA. She supervises Kendal’s Wellness Center which includes both a Fitness Center and Aquatics Center. She is responsible for all fitness programming as well as coordinating the Center’s educational lectures. She works with residents and staff; guiding them to enjoy healthy lifestyles and fitness programs. Mrs. Stevens is an adjunct instructor at West Chester University and has also taught at Eastern University. Previously she was employed at several YMCA’s while working with all age groups. Mrs. Stevens has her BS from Temple University in Health and Physical Education and a MS from the University of Oklahoma concentrating in Sport Psychology.

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Cool the Fire- Foods that Fight Inflammation

Lynn Monahan Couch, DCN, MPH, RD, LDN
Associate Professor
Public Health Program, West Chester University
10:10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Can what you eat reduce inflammation in the body and protect you from age-related, chronic disease? Learn about the science and recommendations behind the anti-inflammatory foods, diets and lifestyle strategies for healthy aging.

Lynn Monahan Couch received her B.S. in clinical dietetics from the University of California-Berkeley, a Master’s of Public Health (M.P.H.) with an emphasis in Integrative Health at West Chester University and a Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition (D.C.N.) at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). She is a registered dietitian and an assistant professor at West Chester University where she teaches a “nutrition through the life cycle” course in the undergraduate program and ‘human nutrition” in the M.P.H. graduate program. Dr. Monahan’s research interests are endocrine disorders, including diabetes and PCOS, bioactive food components and sustainable food systems.

The Integration of Body, Mind, Spirit at End of Life

Dr Edward Mackey, moderator
Panel Includes: Sue Mustalish RN, HNC; Pat Jolly MSW; Reverend Chris Glod, Chaplain
10:55 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Dying is more than a medical of event it involves every aspect of our being and those closest to us. End of life is every bit a stage of life as any other. It can last for years and offers unique, individual opportunities for growth, particularly when physical, psychological, social and spiritual welling being are supported. This panel will explore how to accept, anticipate, plan and provide for this important stage to ensure quality of life.

Sue Mustalish RN, HNC: has been a nurse for 35 years, w/experience in a wide range of conventional and integrative medicine settings. A certified holistic nurse, Sue has lectured nationally on the topics of holistic health and is an adjunct faculty member at West Chester University, teaching courses in Integrative Health, Botanical Medicine, Women’s Health, Dimensions of Wellness, and Death and Dying for healthcare professionals and lay people alike. She has also been a hospice nurse with Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester for the last 3 years.

Pat Jolly MSW: has a Master's degree in Social Work from Temple University. She has over 35 years experience, primarily in Geriatrics from direct practice with Philadelphia's aging population to Clinical director for a private case management company. Pat has been working as a hospice social worker for the past 6 years working with patients and families to recognize the value of a living a dignified, meaningful life until the end.

Reverend Chris Glod, Chaplain: began her career in healthcare as a Licensed Practical Nurse, earned a BA from Immaculata University, an MA from Christendom College, doing her clinical pastoral internship at Jefferson and Jeanes Hospitals and St Mary’s Medical Center. She also attended Agape Seminary in Florida and is presently a doctoral candidate in Ministry. Chris has been a Chaplain for Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester for the past four years.

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Beginning the Practice of Slow Medicine

Dennis McCullough, MD
12:20 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Using metaphors from the Slow Movements (Slow Food, Slow Cities, Slow Travel, Slow Parenting, etc.), a new paradigm for partnerships between elders and others involved in their care will be presented and discussed.