Northampton Neighbors Speaker Series Presents
“Being a Geriatrician: What I Do and Why I Do It”
by Dr. Rebecca Starr,
Medical Director of Geriatrics, Cooley Dickinson Health Care
“Health and well-being encompass more than just the medical management of diseases,” states Dr. Rebecca Starr about her philosophy as a geriatrician. “In my practice, I work to ensure that older adults are treated with respect and compassion, and to reframe a ‘geriatric patient’ as a ‘whole person,’ living their life in the community.”
Friday, August 14, 2020
3:00-4:00 PM via Zoom
How and why has geriatrics emerged as a field? Who benefits from a geriatric consultation? What can we expect from a geriatrician? Dr. Rebecca Starr, a geriatrician who has held multiple positions in clinical, academic and administrative leadership, will address these questions in her informative talk. She will tell us why she decided to become a geriatrician, how she now works to provide age-friendly health care, and what Cooley Dickinson Health Care is doing to become an age-friendly health care system. Attendees will learn how she is able to leverage Cooley Dickinson’s strong community ties, to address the psychosocial and environmental factors that impact people’s lives, and align medical decision-making with people’s goals for care. Her talk will conclude with the announcement of an important new collaboration between CDHC and Northampton Neighbors, the Pioneer Valley Memory Care Initiative, a partnership that trains NN volunteers to provide support for older adults with dementia and their caregivers.
Dr. Rebecca Starr joined Cooley Dickinson Health Care in July 2019. Her leadership positions include two years as Medical Director of Medicare Advantage at Health New England in Springfield; Medical Director of the ACE (Acute Care for Elders) protocol pilot at Baystate Medical Center and Medical Director of PACE (Program for All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly) for Elder Service Plan in Cambridge. She is the recipient of several awards, grants, scholarships, and fellowships from SUNY-Downstate, Harvard Medical School, the Samuels Foundation/American Federation for Aging Research, Tufts University Medical School, Baystate Medical Center, and the American Geriatrics Society. She has also pioneered clinical innovations and quality improvement projects including efforts in fall prevention for low-income, at risk elders.
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The presentation will be recorded and made available on Northamptonneighbors.org.