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.


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.


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.

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