USC Healthy Aging Forum: A Focus on Cognition to be held Tuesday, Dec. 3
The School of Journalism and Mass Communications will host the first USC Healthy Aging Forum: A Focus on Cognition to discuss healthy aging and Alzheimer’s disease, Dec. 3, 2013, from 9:00-11:00am at the Ernest F. Hollings Library.
Leeza Gibbons, a USC alumna and currently the cohost of America Now, a syndicated television news program, will be one of the featured speakers. Gibbons is the founder of Leeza’s Place, a resource center committed to providing support services and programs for family caregivers of loved ones with a memory disorder or progressive illness. Gibbons’ interest and passion to help others is her motivation behind Leeza’s Place and her interest in increasing awareness for cognitive aging diseases.
Other featured speakers are widely known in the state of South Carolina and beyond for their research and practice focused on healthy aging. Lt. Governor Glenn McConnell oversees the South Carolina Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging. Lt. Gov. McConnell will present data related to the face of aging in South Carolina.
Beth Sulkowski, Senior Director, Communications and Advocacy for the Alzheimer’s Association, will speak about the public awareness and stigma related to Alzheimer’s and other dementia. Sulkowski will discuss opportunities to address these issues through public health collaborations.
Dr. Sue Levkoff holds the College of Social Work’s endowed chair for the SeniorSMART Center of Economic Excellence. She will discuss how technology enables “Aging in Place.”
Drs. Daniela Friedman and Sara Wilcox, both faculty members in USC’s Arnold School of Public Health, will present an overview of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthy Aging Research Network with a focus on the Network’s national cognitive health initiatives.
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, will moderate the program.
This event is free and open to all USC faculty, staff and students as well as interested research partners.