Lecture: gerontologist Nancy Richeson speaking on â€œBoomers and Their Brains: Heading Off Memory Loss into the Golden Years.â€
Past Event ....... May 21st, 2009 — 12:00 pm
Thursday, May 21, noon to 1 p.m. in Callahan Hall, the Great Falls Forum lecture series presents gerontologist Nancy Richeson, faculty member at USM’s College of Nursing and Health Professions, speaking on “Boomers and Their Brains: Heading Off Memory Loss into the Golden Years.” Free.
Nancy Richeson is an associate professor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of Southern Maine. She graduated with her Ph.D. in Gerontology from the University of Nebraska in 2001. A recreational therapist as well as a gerontologist, she specializes in psycho-social interventions for older adults with dementia. Her research includes innovative programs such as pedometer-based walking programs, animal-assisted therapy, Reiki (hands-on healing), and adult education programs for people with early-stage dementia.
Through her presentation at LPL, Richeson hopes to expand the public’s awareness of the importance of preserving brain health. There is considerable urgency to her mission in view of the fact that the greatest risk for dementia is aging, and in 25 years one in five Americans will be 65 or older. “Over five-million people in the United States currently have dementia,” she points out “and in 2050 that number is expected to increase to16-million. We are at the crisis point; we need to begin to understand how we might be able to prevent or slow down the progression of this disease.”
Richeson will take questions from the audience following her Forum presentation. Admission to the event is free, with attendees invited to bring brown-bag lunches. Bottled water will be available on site.
Attendees may also take advantage of the Forum’s partnership with Guthries cafe and request one of the eatery’s custom-made, gourmet sandwiches to be delivered to the library in advance of the talk. Orders should be placed by calling Guthries at 376-3344. The menu is available online at www.myspace.com/guthriesplace.
Partnering with the Library as cosponsors of the Great Falls Forum series are the Lewiston Sun Journal, Bates College, and St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center.
The Lewiston Public Library is located downtown at 200 Lisbon Street at the corner of Pine Street. Richeson’s talk is the final Great Falls Forum offering of the season. The 2009-2010 Great Falls Forum series will kick off on Sept. 17 with the program “Living With Autism: An Insider’s View ” featuring Deborah Lipsky. More information is available by contacting the Lewiston Public Library at 513-3135.
Posted: Wednesday, January 21st, 2009 in Lecture
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