The Aging Brain

Central Oregon–The summer term science class, The Aging Brain, begins a six-week course using recorded lectures by Professor Thad A. Polk on our newly scheduled science day and time: Tuesday, July 11 at 1:45 p.m. We’re all getting older every day,   and scientific research has shown that starting in our twenties, some brain functions begin a linear decline. Even if we avoid diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, parts of the brain inevitably shrink, replicating cells become damaged, and fluid processing skills such as multitasking and episodic memory worsen. But is old age all doom and gloom? Are we destined for senescence once we’re barely out of adolescence?

Not at all! Join us in this six-week study group as we look at issues like the biology of aging, changes in the brain, diseases and conditions, and future therapies. The lecturer is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan. He will also explore issues of improving or maintaining memory, and how physical activity, diet, and socialization (i.e., OLLI membership) can help maintain brain function.

Course Manager/Facilitator: Russ Hopper