Brown Bag Lecture – Dr. Ted Johnson (Emory)

How Old Are You? Functional Testing and Decisions in Primary Care

For our second Brown Bag Lecture this semester, we invited Dr. Ted Johnson from Emory’s Center for Health in Aging to present on “How Old Are You? Functional Testing and Decisions in Primary Care”.

Currently, Dr. Johnson is developing a smartphone app for primary care physicians (PCPs) to use within clinical settings that can measure the gait speed of patients who are 65 and above. Dr. Johnson asserts that gait speed is a valuable measure that can predict the average life expectancy of older adults. The smartphone apps allows PCPs to calculate the average remaining life expectancies based on measured gait speeds and establishes a lens through which care decisions can be made.

For more information about Dr. Johnson and his work, please visit his Emory faculty profile.

The next schedule Brown Bag Lectures are as follows:

Lecturer: Dr. Tiffany Washington (UGA School of Social Work):
Topic: Kidney Disease Self-Management
Date: TBD (Spring 2015)
Location: Gerontology Institute

Lecturer: Dr. Chivon Mingo (Gerontology Institute at GSU)
Topic: Perceptions of Access to the Atlanta Beltline by Older Adults in Southwest Atlanta
Date: TBD (Spring 2015)
Location: Gerontology Institute