Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Dr. Gene Cohen, Expert on Aging and UI&U Alumnus Dies

Dr. Gene Cohen, 1944-2009

“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. Science regarding aging has become exciting, surprising, positive, and hopeful.” – Dr. Gene Cohen, MD, PhD

It is with great sadness that we announce that Dr. Gene Cohen, a renowned expert on aging and the brain who earned his Ph.D. from Union Institute & University in 1981, passed away Saturday, November 7, 2009, at his home in Kensington, MD after a long battle with prostate cancer.

Last May, UI&U was honored when Dr. Cohen agreed to serve as the keynote speaker for the UI&U and Academy of Medicine symposium Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: What is Aging After All: Important, Interesting, and Surprising New Findings About the Aging Brain and Behavior.

Dr. Cohen served as director of the Center on Aging, Health, and Humanities at George Washington University. He earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard and his medical degree from Georgetown Medical School. His Union Ph.D. focused on gerontology. He was 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, and was the creator of many patented games and activities to enhance and improve the aging brain.

Washington Post obituary.

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