Thursday, January 29, 2009

Upcoming Seminar: Aging & The Brain

Dr. Gene Cohen, world-renowned expert on aging, to keynote the event

CINCINNATI – Union Institute & University (UI&U) and the Academy of Medicine have partnered to present, Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: What is Aging After All: Important, Interesting, and Surprising New Findings About the Aging Brain and Behavior, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturday, May 9, at the Duke Energy Center. The event will open with remarks by former Olympian and award-winning talk show host Julie Isphording, and feature keynote speaker Dr. Gene Cohen, MD, PhD, author, and director of the Center on Aging, Health, and Humanities at George Washington University.

Dr. Cohen is a graduate of Cincinnati’s Union Institute & University, Harvard College, and Georgetown University School of Medicine. The first editor-in-chief of The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, he is the author of several books including The Creative Age: Awakening Human Potential in the Second Half of Life, and most recently, The Mature Mind: The Positive Power of the Aging Brain. Dr. Cohen has appeared on Nightline (interviewed by Barbara Walters), the MacNeil/Lehrer Hour, and The Today Show, among other national news broadcasts.

“This is a remarkable time scientifically in the field of aging. Longtime negative myths and stereotypes are being turned upside down, replaced by new findings pointing to those positive changes in the second half of life that occur because of aging, not despite aging,” said Dr. Cohen. “Science regarding aging has become exciting, surprising, positive, and hopeful.” In addition to his keynote address, Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: What is Aging After All? Positive Brain and Behavior Changes Because of Aging, Not Despite It, he will conclude the seminar with a presentation titled Brain Fitness: Exercises for the Brain.

Prominent Cincinnati-based experts on aging will speak at the event - including Cathy Creger Rosenbaum, PharmD, who will offer advice on nutrition, brain health, and guarding your memory, and Dr. Michael Keys of Linder Center of Hope, who will discuss depression in late life. Julie Isphording will discuss the importance of being active mentally and physically throughout your life.

The event is presented with the generous support of The Helen Steiner Rice Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

The daylong event is open to the public. Cost: Academy of Medicine members and health professionals, $75; non-Academy member physicians, $150; non-healthcare professionals, $40; senior discount (55 years or older), $35; family/groups of 4 or more, $30 per person. Cost includes lunch, educational materials, and educational credits for those paying physician/health professional rate. For information or to register contact The Academy of Medicine, (513) 421-7010, or visit

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