Dr. Andrea Schaffner, geriatrician at Waveny Care Center will discuss what a geriatric assessment entails, who needs one and the benefits of undergoing one Thursday, July 15, at 3 p.m. at the Lapham Center.

Common, but often complex medical issues in older adults are often not treated properly but can be managed to help optimize quality of life if they are discovered early. Short and long-term goals for the individuals and family members are a part of the assessments.

A board-certified geriatrician with more than 25 years of experience in geriatrics, Schaffner was responsible for establishing Yale New Haven Hospital's geriatric assessment clinic in 1981 and championing its subsequent success. She has since served as medical director for several prominent Connecticut eldercare facilities and has been an active member of geriatric-focused organizations including the American Geriatrics Society, American Medical Directors Association, as well as the State Medical Society and Geriatric Committee.

This program is free and open to the public and is part of the Healthy Aging Series presented by Staying Put in New Canaan and Lapham Center. For more information, call Staying Put at 203-966-3411.