Topic: What happens in our brains as we grow older? Despite many myths that our brains only deteriorate, research shows that this is not the whole truth. This program will provide an overview of how brain function changes, becomes more sophisticated, develops compensations, and develops during later life. We will explore how people get better at extracting meaning, and how learning new strategies can help address short-term memory failures. This will be a lively session with new insights on the realities and possibilities we all experience as we age.
Dr. John C. Cavanaugh is President and CEO of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area (www.consortium.org
). Previously, he served as Chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and as president of the University of West Florida. John is a leader in higher education policy and innovation.
John earned his B.A. in psychology with high honors from the University of Delaware, and his M.A and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Notre Dame. His disciplinary expertise is in gerontology and neuroscience. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota and an American Council on Education Fellow.
John is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, a Charter Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.
John is the coauthor of three series of textbooks: Adult Development and Aging (with Fredda Blanchard-Fields, now in its 8th edition), Human Development: A Life-Span View (with Robert V. Kail, now in its 8th edition), and Essentials of Human Development (with Robert V. Kail, now in its 2nd edition). John has authored or co-authored over 85 articles and chapters on aging, higher education policy, and leadership issues. He is married to Dr. Christine K. Cavanaugh, with whom he co-edited the three-volume series Aging in America.
Accessibility: The Village is accessible via a ramp to the left of the steps leading to the atrium at 2430 K Street NW and an elevator is available.
Cost: Free to Village members.
Registration is required.