Red and Kim Little Healthy Aging Lecture Series at UTHSCT celebrates fifth anniversary

Friday, March 6, 2009

A little more than five years ago, noted Tyler businessman Red Little and his wife, Kim, stepped forward with a $100,000 donation to The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler to fund a lecture series dedicated to educating the public in how to age well.

"This is just one example of the Littles’ commitment to East Texas. With this generous gift, Red and Kim Little are providing a great service to our community,” UTHSCT President Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun said.

The focus of the Red and Kim Little Healthy Aging Lecture Series is to bring nationally known experts in aging to Tyler.

It offers area residents an opportunity to hear the latest news about research into the aging process and practical advice about how to age well.

The first speaker in the annual lecture series, which began in 2005, was David Lipschitz, MD, a nationally known geriatrician and director of the Center on Aging at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science.

Since then experts have spoken about what cancer screenings older adults really need, how to balance control and risk as you age, and how to live a long, vital, and healthy life.

“The speakers in the Red and Kim Little Healthy Aging Lecture Series are renowned experts in the field of geriatrics and have the skills and knowledge to help all of us learn to live better and age well,” Dr. Calhoun said.

Little said, “The Center for Healthy Aging at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler is a great asset to our community. We are honored to be the catalyst for this lecture series.”

Little is a member of the UTHSCT President’s Council, an emeritus member of the UTHSCT Development Board, and a Health Science Center supporter for more than 15 years.

The Fifth Annual Red and Kim Little Healthy Aging Lecture Series will be held at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 13, at the Tyler Municipal Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Dr.

It will feature Steven N. Austad, Ph.D., a nationally known expert in aging, who will present “Methusaleh’s Zoo: How Nature Can Teach Us to Live Longer, Healthier Lives.”

Dr. Austad is a professor in the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology in the Barshop Center for Longevity and Aging Studies, located on the campus of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

The Red and Kim Little Healthy Aging Outreach Endowment is a part of UTHSCT’s Center for Healthy Aging.

Exhibits on healthy aging will be on display from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The event is free of charge and open to the public, but seating is limited and reservations are required. To reserve a place, call (903) 877-7877.

For 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatments, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. With an operating budget of more than $125 million and research funding that exceeds $12 million annually, UTHSCT has a major economic impact on East Texas. Its two medical residency programs – in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities in East Texas and beyond.

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