Health and Wellness Lectures

Acid Reflux (Heartburn) – “GERD”

In this lecture by Dr. Robert Kavitt, learn about the “burning questions” of acid reflux and heartburn, including prevention, causes, and treatment.

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Dr. Robert Kavitt

Dr. Robert Kavitt graduated college at Brandeis University and graduated medical school at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed internal medicine residency at the University of Chicago and fellowship in gastroenterology as well as a Master of Public Health degree at Vanderbilt University. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine and is the Director of the Center for Esophageal Diseases at the University of Chicago.

Alzheimer's Disease

In this lecture by Dr. Michael Wasserman, learn about various causes, prevention, testing and treatment methods for Alzheimer’s Disease.

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Michael Wasserman, MD

Dr. Wasserman is a board-certified neurologist with Lake Cook Neurological Consultants and is affiliated with Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. He earned his medical degree from Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, and completed his Internship at Wesley Memorial Hospital. He completed his residency at Children’s Memorial Hospital and McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University.

Arthritis

In this lecture by Dr. David Mael, learn about different modalities and treatment options for arthritis.

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David Mael, MD

Dr. Mael is a board-certified rheumatologist with the Advocate Medical Group. His clinical interests are soft tissue rheumatism, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, pseudogout, lupus, and gout.

CATARACTS, GLAUCOMA & MACULAR DEGENERATION

In this lecture by Dr. Aaron N. Grossman, learn about symptoms and treatment options for cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration.

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Dr. Aaron Grossman, MD

Dr. Aaron Grossman, MD, is an ophthalmologist in Chicago, IL, with 38 years experience, and is a part of Eye Surgeons SC. He treats common vision disorders, eye injuries and eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and many more.

CJE SENIORLIFE OVERVIEW AND PROGRAMS

In this lecture by Tamara Kushnir Groman and Richard Buino, learn about CJE SeniorLife’s many programs and services for seniors, including legal services, counseling, home-delivered meals, coordinated care, housing, and much more.

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Tamara Kushnir Groman, JD

Tamara Kushnir Groman, JD is CJE SeniorLife’s Sr. Manager, Legal and Benefits Services. Richard Buino, LCSW, CMC is CJE SeniorLife’s Manager, Clinical Intake and Care Management

Constipation Prevention and Treatment

In this lecture by Dr. Benjamin Levy, learn about what causes constipation, and the most effective ways to prevent and treat this condition.

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Dr. Benjamin Levy

Dr. Benjamin Levy is a board-certified gastroenterologist at the University of Chicago. His practice primarily focuses on colon cancer screening and prevention, abdominal pain, inflammatory bowel disease and GERD. Dr. Levy’s research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals and books. He is passionate about advocating for patients and teaching medical students.

Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

In this lecture by Dr. David Rubin, learn about Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and discover how much progress has been made in their prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

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Dr. David T. Rubin

Dr. David T. Rubin is chief of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, and the co-director of the Digestive Diseases Center at the University of Chicago. Dr. Rubin is a renowned gastroenterologist who specializes in the treatment and assessment of digestive diseases. His clinical expertise includes inflammatory bowel diseases.

Depression in the Elderly

In this lecture by Dr. Daniel Rosenthal for seniors, family members and caregivers, learn about early warning signs for geriatric depression; its various causes and symptoms; and a range of methods for its prevention and/or treatment.

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Dr. Daniel Rosenthal

Dr. Daniel Rosenthal is an attending physician at NorthShore University Health System and at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Dr. Rosenthal is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Diabetes

In this lecture by Dr. Aaron Benjamin on the topic of “Type 2 Diabetes,” learn about causes and prevention; monitoring and control; treatment and medication; the important role of diet and weight loss; awareness of potential complications.

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Aaron Benjamin, MD

Dr. Benjamin is a specialist in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism with Advocate Medical Group. He is a graduate of Loyola Stritch School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

EMERGENCY ROOM: TO GO OR NOT TO GO

In this lecture by Dr. Ben Feinzimer (joined by Simcha Frank), learn about evaluating whether particular symptoms (e.g. headache, dizziness, chest pain, other pains, vision problems, numbness, and much more) necessitate an immediate visit to a hospital Emergency Room.

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Dr. Ben Feinzimer (joined by Simcha Frank)

Dr. Ben Feinzimer is director of NorhShore Skokie Hospital Emergency Department. He is EMS Medical Director of IL Region 10-Highland Park, and he is the Chief Medical Officer of Midwest Refuah Health Center. Simcha Frank is a paramedic and is Director of Operations for Hatzalah—Chicago.

ESTATE PLANNING 101

In this lecture by Irving Birnbaum, PhD, learn essential financial information about estate planning for seniors.

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Dr. Irving Birnbaum

Dr. Irving Birnbaum is a distinguished financial planner serving businesses, families and individuals throughout the community.

GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS, SERVICES & DISCOUNTS

In this lecture by Mrs. Chani Goldman, learn about many government programs, services and discounts that are available for seniors. The information in this lecture will help seniors save a great deal of money and secure access to life-changing services.

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Mrs. Chani Goldman

Mrs. Chani Goldman is Chesed Chicago’s Director of Government Programs.

Heart Disease and Prevention

In this lecture by Dr. Samuel Goldstein, learn about heart disease and prevention. The information contained in this lecture may have a great impact on your health or the health of a loved one.

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Samuel Goldstein, MD

Dr. Goldstein is a board-certified cardiologist at the Advocate Heart Institute at Lutheran General Hospital. He earned his medical degree at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed both his internship and residency at Long Island Jewish Hospital. He had a Fellowship at Northwestern University.

Mobility Improvement for Seniors

In this lecture by Josh Rich, learn about how seniors can – and why they must – constantly seek to improve their mobility, whether their current mobility level is high, low, or in-between.

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Josh Rich

Joshua Rich is CMC’s highly-esteemed and much sought-after fitness program director. Josh graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in clinical exercise physiology. He has worked with cardiac and pulmonary patients at the Michigan Heart and Vascular Institute and the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Hospital. Prior to his position at CMC, Josh was fitness director at North Shore Senior Center.

Safety Precautions: Police Tips Especially for Seniors

In this lecture and Q&A discussion led by officers from Chicago’s 24th District, learn smart and practical safety precautions that police recommend especially for seniors.

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Officers from the 24th District

VASCULAR HEALTH IN SENIORS

In this lecture by Dr. Daniel Katz, learn about leg artery blockages causing pain and numbness; stroke symptoms; and signs of the ballooning of the major stomach artery.

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Dr. Daniel Katz

Dr. Daniel Katz is Assistant Professor of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at Rush University Medical Center. He has practiced vascular surgery at multiple hospitals throughout Chicagoland for over 25 years. Dr. Katz is focused on evaluating and treating vascular conditions in both medical and surgical fashions.