Odyssey: Aging and the Brain

Can memory loss be prevented? Most of us worry that as we grow older we will lose our intellectual abilities. Are we all progressing toward a diseased state or are normal and pathological aging separate paths? Why do some adults experience loss of memory in old age while others do not? What can we do to strengthen our cognitive abilities? How much do genetics and lifestyle contribute to these differences? This course teases apart some of these complex issues with the goal of better understanding healthy versus pathological brain function in aging individuals. Class sessions explore changes across the cognitive spectrum, from the expected changes in aging, to mild cognitive impairment and dementing illnesses. Recent research findings related to successful cognitive aging, cognitive rehabilitation, memory loss prevention, cerebrovascular health as well as diagnosis and treatment of memory disorders will be presented in a lively, humorous, interactive format.

916.212.01 Homewood campus
Wednesdays, April 11 to May 16, 6:45 to 8:45 p.m.
Cost: $210 (six sessions)

JHU full-time faculty/staff and spouse/same-sex domestic partner are eligible for tuition remission. You will be unable to register online and receive the discount. Contact 410-516-8516 for more information.