OLLI sponsoring program on dementia Oct. 7

September 29 2008

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - A local expert in the brain's aging process will conduct a presentation about dementia from 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7 in Indiana State University's College of Business 11th floor Conference Room. This presentation, part of Indiana State's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), is free and open to the public.

Dementia is a severe disorder which affects an increasing percentage of the population. It is defined as impairment in cognitive, social and occupational functioning. There are many types of dementia including Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia and Lewy Body dementia.

Definitive diagnosis of the causes of dementia can be accomplished at autopsy. However there has been recent progress in improving the diagnosis in living patients. In this presentation, recent imaging methods which enhance the accuracy of the diagnosis of dementia will be reviewed.

Taihung "Peter" Duong, assistant director and dean of the Indiana University School of Medicine - Terre Haute, has extensively studied the brain's aging process and associated disorders such as Alzheimer's disease using autopsied human brain tissues, senescent animal models and neuronal cultures.

Duong received his B.A. in biology from Whittier College and his Ph.D. in anatomy from UCLA. He completed postdoctoral studies in neuroanatomy at the Mental Retardation Research Center at UCLA. He is currently associate professor in the departments of anatomy and cell biology, and pathology and laboratory medicine in the Indiana University School of Medicine and associate professor of life sciences at Indiana State. He is also a research professor in applied biology and biomedical enginnering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Membership in OLLI is open to all adults in the Greater Wabash Valley, with programs designed to meet the needs and interests of persons age 50 and over.

Members enjoy a mix of lectures, courses and special events catering to the needs and interests of older adults. The only prerequisite for membership is a love of learning. Members extend their social network while learning among their peers.

For more information or to register for this program, contact Michelle Bennett, OLLI program administrator, at (812) 237-2336 or email olli@indstate.edu .

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Contact: Michelle Bennett, program administrator of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Indiana State University, (812) 237-2336 or olli@indstate.edu

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

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A local expert in the brain's aging process will conduct a presentation about dementia from 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7 in Indiana State University's College of Business 11th floor Conference Room. This presentation, part of Indiana State's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), is free and open to the public.

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