SAGE program honored at the Senior Spirit Awards ceremony

September 20, 2013

The UNT Health Science Center program that links medical students with older citizens to improve their general health was honored Thursday by Senior Citizens Services, a nonprofit association dedicated to empowering older adults throughout Tarrant County to live with purpose, independence and dignity.

The SAGE (Seniors Assisting in Geriatric Education) program received the Mae Cora Peterson Healthy Aging Award, which recognizes innovative programs or approaches that improve the health and independence of older adults in Tarrant County.

The award is named after Mae Cora Peterson, a patient of Janice Knebl, DO, Chief of the UNTHSC’s Division of Geriatrics and leader of the SAGE program.

SAGE joins medical students with UNT Health geriatrics patients and with older adults in the Meals on Wheels program. Students meet with the older patients periodically, offering advice and direction on such issues as home safety, the implications of medical history, the physiology of aging and medications.

“Since the inception of the SAGE program, we have helped more than 800 older adults,” Knebl said in accepting the award. “Our goal is to help thousands more.”

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