Geriatrics expert says UNTHSC is working to make Fort Worth a great place to grow old


Share this story:

Janice Knebl, DO, MBA, was quick to put to rest any misconceptions about aging when she spoke at the Rotary Club of Fort Worth.

“People think someone in their late 80s is supposed to be confused,” she told the audience before pausing a second. “No!”

The Chief of UNTHSC’s Division of Geriatrics then explained the many ways that UNT Health Science Center is helping older adults – including the group she calls the Super Seniors age 85 and beyond – stay healthy and active as they age.

Through the SAGE (Seniors Assisting in Geriatric Education) program, medical, physician assistant, physical therapy and pharmacy students are partnered with older adults to improve their general health. Since 2009, more than 1,600 students have visited some 800 senior volunteers, providing them with advice on home safety, medications and other issues.

The next step is to open SAGE to Texas Christian University students in nursing, social work and dietetics. This will train students across different health professions to work together and take a team approach to caring for patients, Knebl said.

In the area of research, UNTHSC is one of six partners in the Texas Alzheimer’s Research and Care Consortium that is working to improve early diagnosis, treatment and prevention.  Data collected from more than 1,800 adults will be used by the consortium to further research.

In addition, UNTHSC is enrolling patients in clinical trials that could one day help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, delay symptoms or cure it.

From research to clinical care, much is being done to enhance the quality of life for older adults, Knebl said.

“I believe UNTHSC can help Fort Worth become a great place to grow old,” she said.

Share this story:

MHA students bring home the gold at North Texas Case Competition

By Sally Crocker A team of UNT Health Science Center MHA students has taken the top prize at this year’s American College of Healthcare Executives North Texas (ACHENTX) Case Competition. Tasked with a real-world challenge, much like projects they will take on in their future careers as h...Read more

Dec 15, 2017

student standing by window

A sense of service and a desire to help

By Giovanny Destin, TCOM student   The challenges many of my students faced were etched on their faces when they arrived at Polytechnic High School each morning. Some were tired from working a job late in the evening to help support their families. Some showed stress from problems at h...Read more

Dec 12, 2017

Teamwork that produces better research

By Jan Jarvis   A new agreement between UNT Health Science Center and JPS Health Network is expected to open the door to new discoveries and give Tarrant County patients greater access to cutting-edge research and ultimately new treatments. This approach streamlines the process and mak...Read more

Dec 6, 2017

‘Don’t tell them that they can’t’

By Alex Branch Londyn Miner can pinpoint the moment that started her path to UNT Health Science Center. It was seven years ago in her Granbury living room, as she tearfully explained her 15-month-old son’s devastating prognosis to a physical therapist. An MRI had revealed that Orion...Read more

Dec 5, 2017