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Maximizing Brain Health and Independence in Old Age: CAH to host Distinguished Lecture on February 17, 2017 at 6pm.

Dr. Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe

On Friday, February 17th (in RIC 119 at 6pm) we will host our 2016-2017 Distinguished Lecture. This year’s speaker is Dr. Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe, Professor of Psychology at Washington State University. Her lecture, titled “Maximizing Brain Health and Independence in Old Age,” will discuss research about optimizing health and wellness as people age, reducing dementia risk, and improving healthcare delivery through preventative interventions and smart and assistive technologies. Moreover, Dr. Schmitter-Edgecombe will discuss research related to healthy brain aging behaviours and an intervention to promote sustained behaviour change, as well as work with aging assistive and intelligent technologies that can support activities of daily living and provide real-time intervention.  The long-term objective of the work that she will present is to extend the everyday functional independence of the aging population through preventative interventions and by developing smart environments and technologies that promote proactive health care and provide real-time assistance.

Her research has been funded by over $10 million in grants from multiple NIH institutes, NSF, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Department of Defense, and by the Life Sciences Discovery Fund and Attorney General’s Office of Washington State.  Dr. Schmitter-Edgecombe has published more than 100 peer-reviewed publications investigating attention, memory, and executive function abilities, everyday functioning and the efficacy of interventions with aging, neurodegenerative disorders, and traumatic brain injury populations. Dr. Schmitter-Edgecombe has worked extensively with older adults and cognitively impaired populations. 

We will also present the winner of the 2016-2017 Centre on Aging and Health Award for Innovation in Health Care Delivery, which recognizes Regina-based individuals, groups, or organizations offering health care to older adults who have introduced an innovative approach to service provision or who has conducted field research to evaluate services or programs for older persons.

Open to the public. Admission is free.

Research and Innovation Centre (RI) Room 119

Free parking is available in Lot 1 M

Refreshments will be provided

For more information: 306-337-8477 or cah@uregina.ca

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