USC Science and Health Communication Research Group Hosts Healthy Aging Forum
The USC Science and Health Communication Research Group, the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and the Arnold School of Public Health hosted the first USC Healthy Aging Forum: A Focus on Cognition on Dec. 3. The forum discussed aging and Alzheimer’s disease. Drs. Daniela Friedman and Sara Wilcox, both faculty members in USC’s Arnold School of Public Health, presented an overview of the CDC Healthy Aging Research Network and the brain health initiatives of this network.
“Being able to present our aging and cognition related work and learn what others across the state and nationally are doing in this area was very important to me. This forum was the start of what I believe will be continued dialogue about the research, education, and outreach needed to better support older adults with cognitive decline and dementia and those individuals caring for them,” said Dr. Daniela Friedman of the Arnold School of Public Health.
Leeza Gibbons, a USC alumna and founder of Leeza’s Place, spoke about the needs of caregivers providing support to loved ones with member disorders or progressive illnesses. Other speakers included: South Carolina Lt. Governor Glenn McConnell, Belth Sulkowski Senior Director of Communication and Advocacy at the Alzheimer’s Association and Sue Levkoff, Endowed Chair of the SeniorSMART Center of Economic Excellence.
Dr. Andrea Tanner, an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and director of USC’s Science and Health Communication Research Group, moderated the program.