FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 18, 2006
CONTACT: Suzanna Cisneros Martinez, firstname.lastname@example.org
LUBBOCK –The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Garrison Institute on Aging
invites the West Texas community to a ribbon-cutting ceremony and Healthy Aging Fair
beginning at 11 a.m. May 4 at their new facility located at 6630 S. Quaker Ave.
In 1999, the Health Sciences Center leadership identified aging as a strategic priority
for the 21st century. The Board of Regents approved the establishment of the Institute
for Healthy Aging to meet this strategic priority in aging. The institute was renamed
in 2005, to the Garrison Institute on Aging in honor of Mildred and Shirley L. Garrison's
commitment and leadership to advancing aging and Alzheimer's disease research, education,
and service for West Texans.
Paula Grammas, Ph.D., executive director of the Garrison Institute on Aging, said
when it comes to aging it should not be about the quantity of years in a person’s
life but the quality of those years.
"This institute is committed to the issues of aging,” Grammas said. “We will continually
search for ways to improve the health of older adults through research, educational
opportunities for students, health care professionals and the community, and by improving
geriatric health care services.”
The institute is a collaborative initiative of the four Health Sciences Center schools
of Allied Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy, and addresses special challenges
in geriatric training and health care.
After the ribbon cutting ceremony, the Healthy Aging Fair will feature information
for seniors and caregivers on local health services, programs and senior housing options.
Participants will have the opportunity to benefit from tai chi and exercise demonstrations,
free health screenings for grief and depression, spinal nerve damage, oxygen saturation,
BMI, blood pressure and sugar and cholesterol.
Exhibitors will include: the Allegiance Behavioral Health Center, Calvert Home Health,
Grand Court of Lubbock, Home Care Solutions, Home Instead Senior Care, Hospice of
Lubbock, LIFE-RUN, Lubbock Family Chiropractic, the Memory Shoppe, South Haven, Texas
Tech Senior Trails Project and UMC Health Systems and Seniors are Special, and VistaCare.
The health fair also is sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care, Home Care Solutions
of Lubbock Inc, and VistaCare.
Mark McDougal, mayor of Lubbock, will proclaim this day “Mildred and Shirley Garrison
Day” in Lubbock, in hopes of urging all seniors, health care professionals and West
Texans to show their commitment to supporting the Garrison Institute on Aging and
its efforts to creating a more promising, healthy future for the aged.
For more information, contact Sheilah Patridge, Garrison Institute on Aging, at (806)