Advances in Aging Spring Lectures Kickoff Jan. 14 with Dr. Lisa O’Neill on ‘Hoarding Disorder’

Lisa O'Neill, DBH, MPHLisa O’Neill, DBH, MPH, associate director of research and education for the University of Arizona Center on Aging, will launch the spring lineup for the Advances in Aging Lecture Series with a talk on “A Community Response to Hoarding Disorder.”

Her presentation will be Monday, Jan. 14, noon-1 p.m., in Conference Room 2920 at the UA Cancer on Aging, Eugene F. Levy Building, 1515 N. Campbell Ave. Click here to add this event to your personal schedule (via iCal, MSOutlook, Google or Yahoo! calendar). A flyer for Dr. O’Neill’s presentation can be found at this link.

Dr. O’Neill—in addition to also being a clinical assistant professor in the UA Division of Geriatrics, General Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine, manager of the Arizona Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program and an Aging & Cognition Scholar with the center and CDC Healthy Brain Research Network—is the co-founder and chair of the Southern Arizona Hoarding Task Force and leads a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Hoarding workshop and support group in partnership with the Pima Council on Aging.

EXTRA INFO: Gaining H.O.P.E.

The HOPE Workshop (Hoarding Disorder education to learn how to Organize, Purge, and End the cycle), hosted by the Southern Arizona Hoarding Task Force and Pima Council on Aging (PCOA), is a free 10-week facilitated workshop designed to help community members manage their hoarding behaviors by learning new skills in acquiring, discarding, sorting and organizing possessions.

Image of flyer for HOPE Workshops for Hoarding Behavior Click the link or on the image at right to view, post and share the flyer for this spring’s workshop schedule:  hope-workshops-for-hoarding-behaviors_flyer_spring2019.pdf

A ‘Program Orientation & Registration’ event is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 5, 4:30-5:30 p.m., at the Abrams Public Health Center, Room 3108 (Third Floor), 3950 S. Country Club Road, in Tucson. HOPE Workshop participants will meet Tuesdays, Feb. 12-April 16, 4:30-6 p.m., at the center.

Workshop facilitators include task force co-founder and the UA Center on Aging’s Lisa O’Neill, DBH, MPH; PCOA Client Service Specialist Jennifer Caragan; and UA Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry Kathryn Sanderlin, MD.

For more information, contact the PCOA at (520) 790-7262.

“Hoarding Disorder,” Dr. O’Neill said, “is a challenging mental health condition that affects approximately 16 million people in the United States. Depending on its severity, hoarding can present serious health and safety risks for older adults. These include higher rates of falls, infections and respiratory problems; limited ability to move around in, or access parts of, the home; and a higher risk of fire with decreased ability to escape if fire occurs.”

Costs to city and state agencies, she added, are estimated at up to $1 million or more per year, according to a study, “Beyond Overwhelmed,” done by the San Francisco Task Force on Compulsive Hoarding

The Advances in Aging Lecture Series serves as the Geriatric Grand Rounds for the UA Division of Geriatrics, General Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine—one of 14 divisions within the UA Department of Medicine, which is one of six original and the largest department at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.

Image of flyer for Advances in Aging Lectures flyer for Spring 2019 seriesThe lectures are free and open to the public. Community practitioners and clinicians are welcome to attend. A maximum of 1.0 AMA/PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for this live activity is available for continuing medical education as accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the UA College of Medicine – Tucson. A light lunch is served.

The rest of the lectures this spring will occur in the UA Cancer Center’s Kiewit Auditorium. Other speakers set to speak include (click here or on the image at right to view, post and share the Advances in Aging Lectures Spring 2019 flyer):

Roberta Diaz Brinton, PhDMonday, Feb. 11, 2019 | Noon-1 p.m.
Title to be determined
Roberta Diaz Brinton, PhD, UA professor of pharmacology and neurology, world-renowned research on Alzheimer's disease, and director of the UA Health Sciences Center for Innovation in Brain Science


Shu-Fen Wung, PhD, RN, ACNP-BCMonday, March 11, 2019 | Noon-1 p.m.
“Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke Prevention”

Shu-Fen Wung, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, UA associate professor of nursing, College of Nursing – Tucson


Mohab Ibrahim, MDMonday, April 8, 2019 | Noon-1 p.m.
“Alternative Approaches to Pain Management”
Mohab Ibrahim, PhD, MD
, UA associate professor of anesthesiology; director, Pain Medicine Fellowship Program, and director, Comprehensive Pain Management Clinic, College of Medicine – Tucson


Amy Klein, MDMonday, May 13, 2019 | Noon-1 p.m.
Title to be determined
Amy Klein, MD
, UA assistant professor of medicine and palliative specialist, Division of Geriatrics, General Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine


Christopher WendelMonday, June 10, 2019 | Noon-1 p.m.
Title to be determined
Chris Wendel, UA research instructor/biostatistician, Arizona Center on Aging


“Advances in Aging Fall Lectures Kickoff Aug. 13 with Dr. Mindy Fain on ‘Death by Bed Rest’” | Posted July 19, 2018
“Lisa O’Neill Named ‘2015 Gerontologist of the Year’ by Arizona Geriatrics Society” | Posted Nov. 2, 2015

Release Date: 
12/20/2018 - 2:15pm