Medical Series at Morningside Community (Open to the Public)

Alternate Wednesday evenings • 7 p.m.-9 p.m. • Classes off campus at Morningside Retirement Community, 800 Morningside Drive, Fullerton, CA 92835. See map. 

This series will contribute to your “medical literacy” and is co-sponsored along with OLLI by the physicians of the St. Jude Medical Center and Morningside Retirement Community.

Coordinators : Joseph Lawton, M.D. and Bill Lindstrom


Topic, Date, Speaker



September 19

Speaker : Jack Florin, M.D.

Dr. Florin, a neurologist at the St. Jude Medical Center with a sub-specialty in headaches and dementia, will discuss various types, causes and the latest medical, surgical and non-surgical interventions in the treatment of headaches.

Depression and Anxiety in the Senior Population

October 3

Speaker : Christopher Heh, M.D. 

With the increasing number of people who are going through the retirement process, anxiety and depression can be a serious problem in the retirement and near-retirement group. Dr. Heh, a geriatric psychiatry specialist, will discuss methods of treating these problems including counseling, psychotherapy, group therapy and medication.

The Importance of Immunizations in the Senior Population and the Treatment and Diagnosis of the Flu

October 17

Speaker : Bruce Mutter, M.D.

Dr. Mutter, the Medical Director of Morningside Retirement Community and family practice physician with training and special interest in gerontology, will discuss the current recommendations regarding frequency, timing and types of immunizations for viral and bacterial infections with a focus on various types of influenza prevention, treatment and vaccines.

Balance Problems and Fall Prevention

November 13 (date change)

Speaker : Mary Beth Pongetti DPT OCS NCS


Dr. Pongetti is one of the leading therapists at The St. Jude Center for Rehabilitation and Wellness. She will be discussing fall prevention, which is the most common cause of death and disability in the senior population. She will discuss the importance of balance and problems associated with other medical problems such as Parkinson’s disease, stroke, neuropathy and how they contribute to falls.

Congestive Heart Failure

December 5

Speaker : John Zamarra, M.D.


Dr. Zamarra, a cardiologist at the St. Jude Medical Center, will discuss the causes and latest medical and surgical treatment of this very common cardiac problem in the senior population. Heart failure can be the result of heart attack, cardiomyopathy, arrhythmia or valvular degeneration.