Lecture Series on Aging Begins Oct. 24
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at West Virginia University will feature gerontology expert Gene D. Cohen, M.D., Ph.D., Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballroom. This will be the inaugural presentation for a lecture series on aging that OLLI plans to host each year.

Dr. Cohen, a professor of healthcare sciences, psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is the director of the Center on Aging, Health & Humanities at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  He will present “The Mature Mind: Creativity and Aging.”  The lecture is based on research from his latest book, ”The Mature Mind: The Positive Power of the Aging Brain,” released last year.

Cohen has written more than 150 publications on aging-related issues and served as acting director of the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health from 1991-1993, and president of the Gerontological Society of America from 1996-1997. 

“He is an expert on the aging process and has brought together a number of individuals across the country to address this issue,” said Irving Goodman, Ph.D., president of OLLI Board of Directors.  “He analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of the aging process and emphasizes the creative strengths.”

OLLI identified Cohen as the inaugural speaker based on his numerous publications on aging and his appearances on national television shows such as “Good Morning America” and “CBS Evening News.”

“The intergenerational content of his work made him a good candidate to speak to WVU students, faculty and the aging population in the Morgantown area,” Goodman said.

The lecture is free and open to the public. 

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is part of the WVU Center on Aging.  It provides educational, recreational, volunteer and social opportunities for individuals 50 and older through day and evening courses, seminars and field trips.

For more information about the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, visit www.hsc.wvu.edu/coa/olli or call (304) 293-2968.


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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087

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