Seniors | Resource fair focuses on the art of aging gracefully

The sixth annual Art of Aging Gracefully Resource Fair will be held April 25 at the JCC of San Francisco.

The free event, sponsored by UCSF Medical Center, features talks by UCSF physicians, offers information on local businesses and nonprofits that provide services for older adults, and has lined up a number of free health screenings and wellness activities.

The resource fair runs from 9:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., but a range of related activities is slated through the day, beginning with the JCC’s hourlong Makor Or meditation session at 8 a.m. Visitors can also sign up for a Chair Pilates and “gentle” yoga class led by JCC fitness instructors, and chair massage. There will be free hearing screenings, and posture, balance and strength assessments. The American Heart Association will lead a session on hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Anne Schafer

Last year’s resource fair drew an estimated 400 people. Shiva Schulz, manager of adult programs at the JCC, initiated the resource fair concept and works with the UCSF Medical Center to line up speakers and vendors with expertise on a range of health issues, ranging from wellness, to exercise, to the latest medical research.

JCC executive director Barry Finestone and Margaret A. Chesney, director of the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, will conduct the official welcome at 9:30 a.m.

Slated to speak at 9:45 a.m. is Dr. Bruce L. Miller, director of the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. His topic is “Factors Associated with Cognitive Aging.”

Though advancing age is often accompanied by changes in cognition or thinking, there are many things that one can do to stay mentally agile as one ages. From the relationship between physical and mental fitness, to the role of family history in memory and aging, this workshop will provide tools to stay as mentally fit as possible.

Miller teaches extensively and runs the Behavioral Neurology Fellowship at UCSF.

At 11 a.m., Dr. Adil I. Daud, director of UCSF melanoma clinical research, will give a talk titled “Skin Sense: Taking an Active Role in Your Skin Health.”

Donald Abrams

Some signs of aging that appear on the skin indicate more than advancing years and can sometimes be a sign of an underlying medical condition. In this presentation, Daud will discuss how to spot melanoma and other skin issues.

Daud is a nationally recognized expert in early phase drug development in skin cancer and solid tumors.

“Bone Health Basics” is the topic of Dr. Anne Schafer’s talk at 1 p.m. A woman’s risk of breaking a hip due to osteoporosis is equal to her risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancer combined. A man age 50 or older is more likely to break a bone due to osteoporosis than he is to get prostate cancer.

Schafer, who is board-certified in internal medicine and endocrinology/metabolism, will provide tips on habits to keep bones healthy and prevent osteoporosis.

Her research focus at UCSF School of Medicine is on osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. One of her specific research emphases is osteoporosis treatment and the assessment of response to osteoporosis therapy.

Rounding out the talks at 2 p.m. is “Healthy Aging,” by Dr. Donald I. Abrams, a professor of clinical medicine at UCSF and chief of hematology/oncology at San Francisco General Hospital.

Abrams co-authored a textbook on integrative oncology that asserts the best approach for treating older patients is to combine Western diagnostic tools and critical care capabilities with more holistic ideas of prevention and self-healing.

Abrams provides integrative oncology consultations at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and is co-chair of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Developing Program in Supportive Care.

Though attendance is free, advance registration is requested. For more information and to register, call (415) 292-1200 or go to n

“The Art of Aging Gracefully” takes place 9:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m. April 25  at the JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F.