The University Record, June 25, 1997

Turner programs now in two locations

By Rebecca Doyle

Moving the outpatient clinical and social work services from the Turner Geriatric Center at 1010 Wall St. to the new Cancer and Geriatrics Centers Building at the Medical Center created no small amount of confusion for some of Turner's regular visitors.

Nearby parking and the proximity of medical care, clinical test areas and research in aging and disease associated with older people more than make up for the bit of confusion patients and workshop participants may have experienced, however, says Ruth Campbell, associate director for Turner's social work and community programs.

Geriatrics Center Director Jeffrey Halter, who spoke at the June 13 dedication ceremony for the building that houses the center and the Comprehensive Cancer Center, said the new facility "offers services for the elderly all under one roof."

"It is an important event in the history of the Geriatrics Center. This places us at the front of the country's geriatric programs," he said. "It is a turning point for the elderly in our community." Halter said the facility would make it easier for the clinics to provide high quality health care for the growing population of older adults and to "lead international efforts in geriatric programs."

 

What services moved?

The new building houses the following services:

 

All medical services of the Turner Geriatric Clinic, one of the largest single geriatrics ambulatory care clinics in the United States.

 

Audiology, cardiology, dentistry, geriatric medicine, geropsychiatry, hypertension, neurology, neuropsychology and rheumatology are all in one location. Radiology and blood draw services are in the same area, and an outpatient pharmacy is located in the same building.

 

Social work division of the Turner Geriatric Clinic.

 

Some support groups for older people and their families will meet in rooms in the new building, including the Caring for Aging Relatives Thursday noon support group.

In addition, the inpatient hospital and other outpatient specialty services are nearby, improving the efficiency of delivering care to the growing population of older Americans and making it unnecessary for them to travel between facilities to obtain the best available care.

 

What services are still available at the Wall Street building?

An advisory council has recommended that the facility on Wall Street be renamed the Turner Community Resource Center. It will house the following programs:

 

The Learning in Retirement program, which regularly features lectures on topics of interest to senior citizens and others.

 

Community programs, headed by Carole Lapidos.

 

Medicare counseling, Sheila Silver's office.

 

Writings groups, photography workshops, the Wednesday evening support meetings on Caring for Aging Relatives and the Gays and Lesbians Older and Wiser (GLOW) group.

Next month, the Division of Kinesiology will begin to offer its Fitness Over 50 program in the Turner building, and there are plans to open a computer lab. The Learning in Retirement lectures continue to be held in the Kellogg Eye Center Auditorium. Other programs designed especially to fit interests of active senior citizens, such as the writing groups and photography clinics, remain at the center.

Upcoming programs at Turner Community Resource Center

Fitness Over 50, sponsored by the Division of Kinesiology, will help enhance strength, flexibility, cardiovascular fitness, coordination and balance. Sessions are 9:30--10:30 a.m. Tues. and Thurs., July 8--Aug. 14. Registration is required, and there is a $38.25 fee for the six-week session. To register or for more information, call U-Move, 764-1342.

Travel slides of Turkey, 10 a.m. July 10 in the Kellogg Eye Center Auditorium. Al Wooll will show slides from his travel in Turkey. The free program is not limited to Learning in Retirement (LIR) members.

How to Take Good Photographs, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, July 16, 23, 30 and Aug. 6. Bring your camera and film and learn from Beverly Chethik how to take good snapshots. Registration is required and the free class is limited to 10 students. Call 764-2556 to reserve space.

Opera, 1 p.m. today (June 25) and July 23. Learn about staging, directing and set design in Puccini's Tosca and Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro with Bill Helfer, who has led many LIR Opera Group discussions.

Summer movie time. Free movies will be shown at 2 p.m. Wednesdays July 9--Aug. 27 in the Kellogg Eye Center Auditorium. Scheduled are Support Your Local Sheriff, Tomorrow, Top Hat, Dead End, Plaza Suite, Thunderheart, A Thousand Clowns and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. A wireless sound system has been provided in the auditorium by the FRIENDS of University Hospitals. For more information, call 764-2556.