Rosanne Leipzig

Honest Aging:  What’s the Right Medical Care for Older Adults

Eighty is NOT the new sixty. With aging, the benefits and risks of treatment change, as does what’s important and meaningful to us. If we and our health care providers are not thoughtful about the bigger picture, something that feels as simple as a screening blood test can result in unnecessary or even harmful treatment. When facing heart disease, infection, or cancer becomes the critical question, do we undertake every possible intervention or finally consider palliative care or hospice? Dr. Leipzig will discuss the medical evidence as applied to older adults and provide a framework for how to think about these dilemmas, make decisions, and discuss choices with providers and family.  The goal is to find medical care that is more helpful, less burdensome, and better aligned with a personal definition of health.

Rosanne Leipzig is an internationally recognized leader in the field of geriatrics and has received numerous awards for her work, including the Dennis W. Jahnigen Memorial Award from the American Geriatrics Society, the Brookdale National Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine, and the Paula Ettelbrick Community Service Award from Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders. She has also received the Jacobi Medallion, one of the highest honors from the Mount Sinai Health System. She has appeared on The Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning and Evening News and has been published in TIME, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Dr. Leipzig is editor-in-chief of Focus on Healthy Aging, a monthly newsletter, and has published over 100 articles and two groundbreaking books on geriatrics. She is currently writing about what to expect as we age, using her expertise to provide valuable guidance on managing the aging process.

Moderator Meredith MacMartin is the director of inpatient clinical services for the section of palliative care at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and the director of the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative & Hospice Care. She grew up in Peterborough and graduated from the College of William and Mary. She attended Wake Forest University School of Medicine and completed internal medicine and palliative care training at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. She lives in Grantham, NH with her husband, three children, two lazy beagles, and an excitable retriever.