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Publish Date: 01/09/01
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Experts on Aging Join NetWellness Team

Cincinnati--Seven nationally recognized geriatrics specialists on aging from the University of Cincinnati (UC) Medical Center have joined the team of experts. They will provide high-quality information to the public on aging, including answering questions on all aspects of the topic as part of NetWellness' acclaimed "Ask an Expert" feature.

Elderly patients take nearly three times as many medications as younger patients do and they are the greatest consumers of prescription and over-the-counter medications. As a result, the need for quality information on topics such as prescription medication in the elderly have increased. "It is important for people to be well informed about all the issues of aging. I think our site and the availability of experts will help keep people informed," said Elizabeth Joyner Gothelf, BSN, MAG, field service professor of geriatric medicine, UC Department of Family Medicine, and coordinator of the NetWellness Aging team.

Aging is a physical process as well as a mental one. Therefore, how we age depends upon our genes, environmental influences and lifestyle. "Our site has a lot of information related to various aspects of disease as well as tips on how to age well through attitude and involvement," Gothelf said. The NetWellness aging topic can be accessed by going to the NetWellness home page and clicking on the picture of the featured experts, or by clicking on "Health Topics" and then "Aging."

UC College of Nursing experts on aging who have joined the NetWellness team are Evelyn L. Fitzwater, DSN, RN, CS, associate professor; Elaine Miller, DNS, RN, professor; and Susan D. Gilster, BS, RN, NHA, clinical preceptor of nursing, Alois Alzheimer Center. In addition to Gothelf, other members of NetWellness team of experts on aging are faculty of the UC Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine, and include: Gregg A. Warshaw, MD, professor and director of geriatric medicine; Steven Bartz, MD, assistant professor, and Arvind Modawal, MD, assistant professor. is a non-profit consumer health Web site that provides information created and evaluated by health professional faculty at the University of Cincinnati, The Ohio State University, and Case Western Reserve University. Started in June 1995, NetWellness was one of the nation's first health sites on the Internet.

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