David A. Lipschitz discusses Challenges and Solutions for the Greying of America as part of the Healing and Healthy Aging: Nurture and Nature track at the 2007 Chautauqua Institution Summer Program.
Is aging well by choice or by chance? Advances in medical science provide for longer life expectancies in many Western countries. As we age, what are our expectations for quality of life, freedom from pain, and ability to coherently contribute to our families and the greater society? Will emerging research in neuroscience - marking the 100th anniversary of the discovery of Alzheimer's Disease - guide us to better aging? Can the growing industry of pharmacology counter individual genetic tendencies, and at what expense and length? We will explore how the "boomers" heading into retirement affect families, communities, the workplace, economics, and medical ethics- Chautauqua Institution
David A. Lipschitz
David A. Lipschitz, M.D., Ph.D., is Chair of the Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatrics and Director of the Center on Aging at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). He received an M.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Witwaterstrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He immigrated to the United States in 1972 and completed a fellowship in Hematology at the University of Washington in Seattle and the Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, New York.
After three years as a faculty member in the Division of Hematology at the University of Kansas, he joined UAMS as the Director of the Division of Hematology/Oncology in 1978. At that time, he began developing research interests in hematological and nutritional aspects of the aging process. He is published widely in this field and is a recognized authority on the hematologic and nutritional problems of older people. In 1985, Dr. Lipschitz assumed the position of Director of the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital, and in 1988 became Director of the Division on Aging in the Department of Medicine.
In addition to his research on aging, Dr. Lipschitz is now recognized as one of the leading geriatricians in the United States. He has given numerous lectures, both nationally and internationally, on aspects of the aging process. He has served as Chair of the Research Committee of the American Geriatrics Society and Chair of the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs. He has also been consistently listed in Best Doctors in America, a publication of the one percent of the American physicians recognized by their peers as the best in their field. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians of South Africa. He serves on editorial boards of several medical journals, including the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, the Journal of Gerontology, and the Journal of Experimental Hematology. As an expert in the field of nutrition and aging, he has been featured on the Today Show, discussing aspects of vitamins and mineral use in older people.