From Science to Interventions: Understanding Memory Disorders in Aging

March 30, 2006
CONTACT: Suzanna Cisneros Martinez,
(806) 743-2143

LUBBOCK – Most people forget things, but when an elderly person forgets something the question many may ask is, “Could it be Alzheimer’s disease?”

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center will host an annual symposium on aging, “From Science to Interventions: Understanding Memory Disorders in Aging,” from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday at the International Cultural Center, 601 Indiana Ave.

The symposium will focus on memory, changes in cognition due to aging and disease and identifying drug and non-drug interventions to manage dementia in the continuum of care.

The program will include:

9:40 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. Science of Memory, Stuart Zola, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University School of Medicine

11:10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. Diagnosing Memory Disorders, Randolph Schiffer, M.D., chair of the Department of Neuropsychiatry at the Health Sciences Center

1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Drug Therapy Interventions, Lisa C. Hutchison, Pharm.D., associate professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging

2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Non-Pharmacological Interventions, Marianne Matzo, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Center of Frances E. and A. Earl Ziegler Palliative Care at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of Nursing

“Memory loss is perhaps one of the most feared aspects of our aging process,” said Paula Grammas, Ph.D., executive director of the Garrison Institute on Aging. “We hope to give health care professionals a keener insight into how memory disorders affect aging and how memory loss can be treated. As our population ages, the issue of memory disorders will continue and we hope to better train the health care practitioners who will diagnose and treat these disorders.”

Additionally, TTUHSC research scientists will present 15 posters during the seminar.