Memory, Stress and Aging Workshop – April 26

On April 26, 2017, The Emeriti Center hosted a Memory, Stress and Aging Workshop, featuring Professor Margaret Gatz, Professor of Psychology and Gerontology. The workshop focused on the changes in memory we experience with age, factors that may heighten or lessen memory lapses, how stress plays into memory, and evidence-based recommendations for maintaining cognitive and psychological health as we age.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

12:00 – 1:00 PM

University Religious Center
835 West 34th Street, URC 104
University Park Campus

Margaret Gatz is Professor of Psychology and Gerontology at USC and Foreign Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. She is presently working as a research scientist at the USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research. Her primary area of research is the mental health of older adults. Amongst other projects, she directs the Study of Dementia in Swedish Twins. By studying twin pairs who are discordant for Alzheimer’s disease, that is, where one twin develops dementia but the other does not, it is possible to study environmental factors while controlling for genetic liability. This design lets us identify risk and protective factors that might explain the disease and lead to ways promote cognitive health in older adults.