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'Preventing the Spiral of Frailty' topic for March 31 lecture

News Release — 18 March 2009


Media contact: Dr. Elizabeth Poster, dean, School of Nursing, 817-272-2776, or, Teresa Newton, media relations, 817-272-7078;,;

ARLINGTON - Frailty in the elderly, characteristics and possibly prevention are the topics covered by Dr. Sara Espinoza at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in the Guadalupe Room at the EH Hereford University Center, 300 W. First St.

The free lecture, which is open to the public, is presented by The University of Texas at Arlington School of Nursing Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Program

Her talk, "Preventing the Spiral of Frailty," will cover interventions that may be effective when caring for frail elderly individuals. Dr. Espinoza will define the characteristics of frailty and how it may look different in various ethnic groups.

Dr. Espinoza is a staff physician at the Geriatric Evaluation and Management Clinic at Audie L. Murphy Veterans Hospital in San Antonio and is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine and the Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies at University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio. She completed her undergraduate work at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., her medical degree at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, Va., and her internship and residency at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. She has numerous presentations and publications on geriatric research and frailty.

The lecture is sponsored by Kaiser-Permanente.

Attendees should RSVP to 817-272-0175 or

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UT Arlington's School of Nursing is one of the 20 largest schools of nursing in the United States. With more than 1,200 students and 110 faculty members, the school offers master's degree programs and post-master's certificate Nurse Practitioner programs in pediatrics, neonatal, adult care, emergency care, family care, gerontology and psychiatric-mental health, nursing education and nursing administration. Other graduate programs include a Master of Nursing Education and dual programs for an MSN and Master of Business Administration degree, an MSN and Master of Health Care Administration degree, and an MSN and Master of Public Health degree with the University of North Texas. The doctorate program will add a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree starting in fall 2009.


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