BGR 5/3/2016: Proper use of prescription drugs and the sociology of aging

On the May 3 edition of Boomer Generation Radio, the guests are Coleen Kayden R.Ph., a geriatric and palliative care pharmacist to dsicuss the proper understanding of prescription drugs for boomers and elders; and Thomas Cole, Ph.D., Director, McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics and McGovern Chair in Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), to discuss the Sociology of Aging.

About the Guests

Coleen Kayden, R.Ph.
Coleen Kayden, R.Ph.

Coleen Kayden is a 1978 graduate of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and has been a staff and consultant pharmacist for Williams Apothecary, Lancaster, PA, since 1986. Her responsibilities include consultant work for several long-term care facilities in Lancaster County as well as Hospice of Lancaster County. She is a past chairperson of the Lancaster Community Health Plan Board of Directors, Past President of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association and a member in good standing of the American Pharmacists Association, the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists and the National Community Pharmacists’ Association. She has been involved in presentations on the local, state and national level concerning pain management, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Coleen currently serves as co-chair of the Pain and Palliative Care Partnership, devoted to improving pain management in long term care facilities in Lancaster County and beyond. She has chaired various committees and task forces for the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association and currently serves as chair of the Education Foundation. Coleen serves on the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Pharmacy Board of Visitors; the Steering Committee for the Pennsylvania Cancer Pain Initiative, the Pennsylvania Medical Assistance Advisory Committee, the Pennsylvania Medical Society Patient Safety Forum, and in 2005 was appointed to the board of St. Joseph’s Health Ministries in Lancaster. She is a founding Board Member of Linking Pharmacists to Improved Health Outcomes (LPIHO) and serves as liaison to the Lancaster County Business Group on Health (LCBGH) and the BRiDGE Project for Patient Self-Management (PSM) in Diabetes. Currently, Coleen served on the Steering Committee for Project Access Lancaster County (PALCO). She is the 2004 recipient of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists’ Association Pharmacist of the Year and the 2008 Bowl of Hygeia Award winner for outstanding community service.

Thomas R. Cole, Ph.D.
Thomas R. Cole, Ph.D.

Thomas R. Cole is the McGovern Chair in Medical Humanities and Director of the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). Cole graduated from Yale University (B.A., Philosophy, 1971), Wesleyan University (M.A., History, 1975), and the University of Rochester (Ph.D., History, 1981). Dr. Cole has published many articles and books on the history of aging and humanistic gerontology. His book The Journey of Life: A Cultural History of Aging in America (Cambridge University Press, 1992) was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He is senior editor of What Does It Mean to Grow Old? (Duke, 1986), the Handbook of Humanities and Aging (Springer, 1992; 2nd edition, 1999), and Voices and Visions: Toward a Critical Gerontology (Springer, 1993). Other co-edited books include The Oxford Book of Aging (noted by the New Yorker as one of the most memorable books of 1995) and Guide to Humanistic Studies in Aging: What Does It Mean to Grow Old? (Johns Hopkins U Press, 2010).

Boomer Generation Radio is sponsored in part by Kendal Corporation, a Quaker-based provider of continuing care retirement communities in the Northeast and Midwest, airs on WWDB-AM 860 every Tuesday at 10 a.m., and features news and conversation aimed at Baby Boomers and the issues facing them as members of what Rabbi Address calls “the club sandwich generation.” You can hear the show live on AM 860, or streamed live from the WWDB website.


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