Acting out ageism

January 30, 2012
Actors Stu Erickson, Judy Jones and Malia Wright (from left) demonstrate for a “Clinical Foundations” class the right and wrong approaches to geriatric care. Steve Zylius/UC Irvine

If all the world’s a stage, there’s no greater drama than the interaction between doctor and patient. To ensure that this plays out well, the UC Irvine Program in Geriatrics has instituted an innovative live theater performance that highlights the dos and don’ts of patient care for older adults.

Dr. Lisa Gibbs, a geriatrician at UC Irvine’s SeniorHealth Center, first learned about the production while collaborating with the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City to develop more humanities-based medical school programs, as part of a Donald W. Reynolds Foundation grant effort. Cornell geriatrician Dr. Veronica LoFaso wrote the play—based on a real cas —and Gibbs partnered with Chapman University theater professor Tamiko Washington to stage it in UC Irvine’s Tamkin Student Lecture Building auditorium.

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