Aging and Quality of Life in the Southwest
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center leadership has identified aging as one
of five strategic priorities for the 21st century. By 2020 in Texas, one in five will
be older than age 60 and the oldest-old population, 80 plus, will increase by 179
percent. More than 80 percent of those 65 and older will have at least one chronic
"This prestigious grant will bring expertise in geriatrics and care of aging West
Texans to physicians at all levels, from medical students, to residents and fellows,
to faculty and community physicians."
Lynn Bickley, M.D.
Associate Dean for Curriculum
Professor of Medicine
About the Program
In May of 2006, the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation awarded the Health Sciences Center
School of Medicine a grant for $1,999,947 for the proposed project, Aging and Quality
of Life in the Southwest: A Comprehensive Competency-Based Program to Strengthen Physicians'
Training in Geriatrics. The grant, which was one of 10 grant awards totaling $20 million,
supported comprehensive projects in academic health centers to train medical students,
residents and practicing physicians in geriatrics.