Medical Series at the Elks Club (Open to the Public)

Alternate Wednesdays • 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. • Classes off campus at the Fullerton Elks Club Lodge, 1400 Elks View Lane, Fullerton (near the corner of Brea Blvd. and Harbor Blvd.—enter from Brea Blvd.).  No class March 31.

A recent large study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, proved that one of the most critical contributors to prolonging life is “medical literacy.” This indicates that populations with a poor understanding of their medical condition, its diagnosis and treatment, not only had a poorer quality of life but lived much shorter lives.

This series will contribute to your “medical literacy” and is co-sponsored along with OLLI by the Golden Hearts Group at St. Jude Medical Center and the Fullerton Elks Club.

Coordinators : Joseph Lawton, M.D. and Carol Thurk

Topic, Date, Speaker


The Management of Respiratory Infections in the Senior Population
January 17
Speaker : Thomas Cesario, M.D

Dr. Cesario, a pulmonologist and professor of medicine at the UCI School of Medicine, will discuss the problems related to the diagnosis and treatment of respiratory infections such as bronchitis, pneumonia and sinusitis and how they are related to common problems of the senior population such as COPD, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and respiratory allergies. The use of antibiotics, inhalers, steroids and other modalities will be discussed.

Sleep Disorders in the Senior Population
January 31
Speaker: Peter Fotinakes, M.D

Dr. Fotinakis, the Medical Director of the St. Joseph Medical Center Sleep Clinic, will discuss the causes of sleepdisturbances in the senior population and how this affects our general health. He will discuss the latest testing methods for sleep apnea and treatment for all other types of sleep problems.

The Art of Aging
February 14
Speaker : James Hardeman, M.D.

Dr. Hardeman is a pulmonologist and intensive care specialist at St. Jude Medical Center and the author of the book “How to Appear Younger Than Your Stated Age.” He will discuss methods of maintaining good health during the aging process including diet, exercise, mental health and other provocative methods of staying younger than your stated age.

The Evolution of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants in the Healthcare Delivery System
February 28
Speaker : Sherry Bearlen, R.N.

Sherry Bearlen, Director of Clinical Operations at the St. Jude Heritage Medical Group, will discuss the increasing importance of specially-trained nurses and assistants in the delivery of the best possible healthcare. This includes better communication with healthcare providers and assistance in the navigation of the increasingly complex healthcare delivery

The Secrets of a High Quality Life
March 14
Speaker : Jane Wang, M.P.H., R.D.

Jane Wang is the Manager of the St. Jude Wellness Center who oversees this latest organized innovation in health maintenance. She will discuss prevention of brain aging, practicing agility to support lifelong independence, and many other modalities of health maintenance.

Obesity and the Risk of Diabetes
April 4
Speaker : Mary Jean Christian, M.A., Registered Dietitian (R.D.), Certified Diabetes Educator (C.D.E.)

Forty percent of Americans are either overweight or obese. Mary Jean Christian, the UCI director of diabetes education, will discuss the risks of obesity particularly in relation to diabetes and all the related risks, including heart disease, renal problems, stroke and other vascular problems. She will also discuss guidelines for control of these serious problems and
the definitions of obesity and overweight.