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The Aging Brain

Date: 11/13/2012

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: Continuing Education and Conference Center

Cost: $160


This four-session short course is offered by the College of Continuing Education's LearningLife program.


Throughout the world, improved public health and medical treatments have contributed to a dramatic increase in human longevity. Population aging is now expected to be among the more prominent demographic trends of the 21st century. And, as the population ages physically, our brains are undergoing a normal process of aging as well. What changes can we expect to occur as our brains age and what steps can we take to prevent normal aging from transitioning into disease states, such as Alzheimer's?
This course will focus on the normal changes that occur in the human brain as well as the cognitive decline associated with aging. Through lectures and discussions informed by readings and video screenings, you will enhance your knowledge of how the brain functions, specifically those areas of the brain most affected by aging. You will survey current research on the age-related changes that occur in the human brain and learn how nutrition and physical and mental exercises can alleviate cognitive decline. You'll explore the clinical, behavioral, and molecular aspects of brain development, and hear about the exciting research that is being done to improve cognitive function and quality of life.

By the end of the course, you will have a greater understanding of the aging brain and some of the beneficial practices that may help ward off cognitive decline.

Instructor Valerie Hedges received her Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Minnesota in 2011 and is conducting post-doctoral research on the effects of estrogen in the cerebellum on motor behaviors.


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LearningLife is a program of the University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education. Established in 1913, the College provides high-quality continuing education and lifelong learning opportunities for professional development, personal enrichment, career transitions, and academic growth.


  • Name: College of Continuing Education Information Center
  • E-mail: cceinfo@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-624-4000
  • Sponsored by: College of Continuing Education

More information: http://z.umn.edu/8v6

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact the College of Continuing Education Information Center at 612-624-4000.

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