Newsmaker: Shikha Iyengar
By Bob Bauder
Published: Friday, November 5, 2010
Family: Husband, Laks, and two sons, Nikhil and Nithin
Occupation: Retired vice president for geriatric services and administrative director for the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC's Institute on Aging
Education: Master's degree in nutrition and food science from the University of Kentucky and master's degree in public health from the University of Pittsburgh
Background: Iyengar spent most of her career developing and directing clinical programs and services for older adults. During her tenure at UPMC, she served as president of Canterbury Place, a UPMC Senior Community, as well as administrator of the Benedum Geriatric Center. She was instrumental in the development of the Aging Institute, a partnership of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh.
Noteworthy: She is the 2010 Celebrating Senior Champions Sharing and Caring Champion Honoree, an award given by UPMC Senior Services.
Quote: "In our region, aging (programs) are important because of our demographics. We are second to Dade County in Florida in the percentage of people over 65."
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