Old Age Ain’t for Sissies: How to Live to 120!

May 29, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
McGill Department of Family Medicine
5858 Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges
Montréal, QC H3S 1Z1
Free admission. Reservations are essential.
Sam Browman

The McGill University Department of Family Medicine and the St. James Literary Society are pleased to present the Dr. Hirsh Rosenfeld Annual Distinguished Lecture in Family Medicine.

Of interest to the general public as well as to health-care professionals, this Distinguished Lecture Series in Family Medicine was inaugurated in 1990 and was made possible by an endowment by the late Dr. Hirsh Rosenfeld, a Montreal family physician. He was a staunch supporter of a number of educational activities and this lecture series is another example of his generosity.

Refreshments will be served.

This talk will explore the fascinating biology of aging and why this is so challenging in our present day and age. Dr. Clarfield will explain why we get old (usually), but, more importantly, why and how we cannot last forever despite the advances in modern day medicine. He will also give some basic advice on how we can increase the likelihood of living and enjoying a relatively healthy and happy old age.

Dr. A. Mark Clarfield was raised and educated in Toronto, receiving his MD from the University of Toronto in 1975. He went on to specialize first in Family Medicine, then Community Medicine and Public Health and, finally, in Geriatrics.

In the late seventies, he moved to Montreal where he was with the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University from 1978-1992. During that period, Dr. Clarfield was Chief of Geriatrics at the Sir Mortimer B. Davis – Jewish General Hospital, as well as head of the McGill University Division of Geriatric Medicine. He was the Assistant Dean of Students at the Faculty from 1989-1992 and reached the rank of Professor. He presently maintains an adjunct status at McGill University.

In 1992, he moved to Israel. From 1994-2001, he was Head of the Division of Geriatrics at the Ministry of Health in Jerusalem, after which he was appointed Head of Geriatrics at the Soroka Hospital, a 1,100 bed acute care institution and the Sidonie Hecht Professor of Geriatrics at Ben-Gurion University in Beer-sheva, where he now works. In 2009, he was appointed head of BGU’s Medical School for International Health.

Dr. Clarfield’s research interests include Alzheimer disease and the related dementias, the organization of health care services, medical history and ethics. In addition, he publishes medical humour, book reviews, and miscellaneous articles in various newspapers, including occasional pieces in the Montreal Gazette. Dr. Clarfield is married with 3 children. He enjoys several hobbies, including performing folk music with his band, “The Unstrung Heroes”.