Rainwater Charitable Foundation gives $500,000 to support UNTHSC’s healthy aging programs

February 11, 2013

UNTHSC’s healthy aging programs got a half-million-dollar boost with a $500,000 gift recently from the Rainwater Charitable Foundation. Walter Rainwater, Fort Worth civic leader and member of the UNTHSC Foundation Board of Directors, presented the gift.

Most of the gift, $325,000, will begin an endowment to support UNTHSC’s Institute for Aging & Alzheimer’s Disease Research, and $100,000 will support our aging and Alzheimer’s disease research. The remaining $75,000 will help fund our innovative Seniors Assisting in Geriatric Education (SAGE) program, in which first- and second-year Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine students are paired with senior mentors. UNTHSC’s SAGE program is the largest of its kind in the nation and gives students valuable learning experience about caring for older adults while providing a valuable service to the mentors.

Pictured: Michael Williams, DO, UNTHSC Interim President; Janice Knebl, DO, Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians Endowed Chair in Clinical Geriatrics; Clarabele "Pit" Dodson, SAGE Mentor; Chelsee Greer (TCOM ’16); Walter Rainwater; and Bill Crawford, member of UNTHSC’s Healthy Aging Council; discuss the latest in Alzheimer’s disease research with Meharvan "Sonny" Singh, PhD, Chairman and Professor, Pharmacology & Neuroscience.

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