Speaker Series

Psychological Science of Healthy Aging: Mind, Brain, and Everyday Life

The Pima Council on Aging in partnership with the Psychology Department at University of Arizona is pleased to announce a speaker series to be held in Green Valley, Arizona. This series consists of four talks, each given by a psychological scientist currently conducting research at University of Arizona on a topic relevant to maximizing health in aging. These talks, covering emotional and cognitive wellbeing and brain health, will address unique challenges and opportunities common to aging, and offer practical advice on how to apply the latest findings from psychological science to everyday life.

The talks will be once a month, January to April from 10-11:30am. They will be held at the Green Valley Recreation Santa Rita Springs facility in the Anza Room at 921 W. Via Rio Fuerte. They are free and open to the public and seating is limited to 100 on a first-come, first-served basis.

January 5, 2017: Your Relationships, Your Health
David Sbarra, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Director of the Laboratory for Social Connectedness and Health at the University of Arizona
Dr. Sbarra’s research focuses on understanding why close relationships are so important for health, as well as the psychological and biological consequences of ending relationships. When people think of health behaviors they typically think of diet, physical activity and sleep. Our close relationships are a quintessential health behavior as well. Dr. Sbarra will focus on the importance of close relationships for human health, and offer ideas for improving our relationships, stemming the tide of loneliness, and living a vital and full life.

February 2, 2017: Aging Gracefully: Insights from Neuroscience Research
Jessica Andrews-Hanna, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology and the Cognitive Science Program, Director of the Neuroscience of Emotion and Thought (NET) Laboratory at the University of Arizona
Dr. Andrews-Hanna will first provide an overview of brain-related changes accompanying aging, and will then discuss how activities such as aerobic exercise and mindfulness meditation have the potential to unlock the adaptive potential of the brain.
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March 2, 2017: Cancer Survivorship and Aging
Heidi Hamann, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology and Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona
Dr. Hamann is a health psychologist whose research focuses on psychosocial and behavioral issues in cancer. As more individuals are successfully treated for cancer, it is important to address post-treatment issues and concerns. Dr. Hamman will discuss aspects of cancer survivorship and will focus on the importance of psychological self-care and intervention, physical activity, and other aspects of behavioral health for cancer survivors.
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April 6, 2017: Memory and Healthy Aging
Matthew Grilli, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of the Human Memory Laboratory at the University of Arizona
Dr. Grilli’s research focuses on understanding how we learn and remember information, uncovering how brain injury and age-related brain changes influence memory and cognition, and developing strategies for improving everyday use of memory. Many people assume that an inevitable consequence of aging is a slipping memory. However, certain qualities of memory typically improve with healthy aging, and most memory slip-ups can be minimized or overcome with lifestyle changes and by applying cognitive strategies. Dr. Grilli will talk about ways we use memory on a daily basis, ways to improve memory as we age, and offer advice on how to work around forgetfulness.
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7 ways to promote healthy aging and help elders combat isolation

by Adina Wingate, Pima Council on Aging and Psychology Department Advisory Board Chair