April 10, 2009

Lecture, photo exhibit use art to explore aging

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Lecture, photo exhibit use art to explore aging

In photographs taken over his 25 year career, Jeffrey M. Levine, M.D., explores one of the most important demographic transformations of today’s world in his exhibit, “Aging Through a Physician’s Lenses.”

The show made its debut at the National Arts Club in New York City last spring and is on exhibit at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks through April 16.
Curated by Donna Glassford, executive director of Cultural Enrichment at Vanderbilt Medical Center, this show presents four themes of Levine’s work: Frailty, Social Networks, Spirituality and Self Expression.

Levine says this show is directed toward raising awareness of the critical shortage of professional caregivers for the elderly, including physicians, nurses, social workers and pharmacists. The over-85 age group is the most rapidly growing sector of American society, with a population of more than 4.2 million, yet there are fewer than 10,000 board certified geriatric physicians.

On Tuesday, April 14, Levine will give the lecture, “Humanistic Medicine, Geriatrics, and Art,” at noon in 202 Light Hall at Vanderbilt Medical Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The support for this event is provided by the Meharry-Consortium Geriatric Education Center, the Vanderbilt Office of Cultural Enrichment and the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

For more information call the Office of Cultural Enrichment 615-936-1234.