UW News

May 19, 2005

Healthy Aging Lecture and Alzheimer’s Forum geared to public audiences

Healthy Aging Spring Lecture

As our bodies age, we require fewer calories but just as many nutrients. Performing this age-defying trick calls for eating nutrient-dense foods.

Nutritionist Cynthia Lair will talk about this challenge in the Healthy Aging Spring Lecture at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26, in Hogness Auditorium at the Health Sciences Center. The lecture, free and open to everyone, is sponsored by the de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging and the UW School of Nursing.

Lair will talk about how to use whole foods to aid digestion, and to break the habit of eating sweets and convenience foods. As Lair, a member of the nutrition faculty at Bastyr University, says, some whole foods like miso, cheese and pickles develop a livelier, deeper character as they age – let your friends say the same about you!

Alzheimer’s Public Forum

The 20th annual Alzheimer’s Disease Public Forum, a free presentation, is planned from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 25. The event for families and friends of Alzheimer’s patients will be presented at McIntyre Hall at Skagit Valley College, 2501 East College Way, Mount Vernon, Wash.

Dr. Elaine Peskind, associate director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Veterans’ Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System and the UW, will speak on advances in understanding the disease’s biology and treatment. Dr. Susan McCurry, research associate professor with the Northwest research group on aging in the Department of Psychosocial and Community Health in the UW School of Nursing, will speak on how families can assist people with Alzheimer’s disease. For more details, call 866-292-4464.

The forum is sponsored by the UW Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Friends of Alzheimer’s Research, the Western Washington Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, the Alzheimer’s Society of Washington and the de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging.