Exercise Your Mind at the New UCSF Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

August 13, 2003
News Office: Bill Gordon (415) 476-7901

The UCSF Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) starts in October with a series of classes aimed at adults over the age of 50 who remain curious, thoughtful and in search of new ideas.

One OLLI course offers the opportunity to meet UCSF authors of best-selling books -- from crime mysteries, to a guide for reading the emotions behind facial expressions. Another examines medicine in the short story.

Fans of the crime scene investigation shows popping up on television can learn the science of forensic medicine directly from the experts in another OLLI course.

Topics ranging from pain management to dietary supplements are examined in a course offered by UCSF scientists who study the use of consumer drugs.

In a course called "The Bionic Man and Woman," UCSF experts reveal the latest in replacement parts and new technology to keep our original parts healthy -- from eyes to knees.

A course in alternative medicine asks what really works among alternative therapies.

How do scientists separate the hype from the hits? The classes provide an introduction to several major alternative health systems led by experts in the field of integrative medicine.

The program begins October 8 with classes on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. and continues for six weeks at UCSF's Parnassus and Mount Zion sites. Tuition for each six-week course is $75, with a limited number of need-based scholarships available. Call (415) 476-3438, send an email to lifelonglearning@ucsf.edu for more information.

Presentations will include an hour-long formal presentation and 30 minutes for questions and discussion.

OLLI offers participants the simple pleasure of learning -- no tests or grades. Teachers include many faculty members from the world-renowned UCSF Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy as well as the UCSF Medical Center and other experts drawn from the community.

Sponsored by a grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation with support from the Mount Zion Health Fund, the program offers Bay Area residents unique access to the wealth of educational resources at UCSF.

The program is designed with an aging Bay Area population in mind. The region's over-55 population is predicted to double to more than 2 million by the year 2020, placing almost one in four people in the nine-county region in this age group.

Fall Courses

Medicine and the Short Story

Understanding Modern Medications: Hot Topics in Pharmacy

Conversations With UCSF Authors

Complementary and Alternative Medicine: An Exploration of Popular Therapies

The Bionic Man and Woman: Using New Technology to Stay Functional

Forensic Medicine: The Science Of Crime Scene Investigation

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