Upcoming UCSF Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Classes

February 02, 2004
News Office: Bill Gordon (415) 476-7901

The UCSF Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is offering a new series of courses designed for adult learners. Four winter courses are offered on emerging infections, psychological well-being through our lives, caring for aging adults and conversations with leading authors.

The program is supported by a grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation, with additional funding provided by the Mount Zion Health Fund. OLLI is sponsored by the UCSF schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy, the UCSF Medical Center and the UCSF Public Affairs department. Tuition for each class is $15.

OLLI offers participants the simple pleasure of learning -- no tests or grades. Teachers include many UCSF faculty members and other experts drawn from the community.

All classes are: 7 to 8:45 p.m. Wednesdays, through February 28 and will be held at UCSF Medical Center at 513 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco.

The Truth About Infectious Diseases: Understanding Today's Newly Emerging Infections

Put the dangers posed by various infections into perspective in this course directed by Dr. John Conte, director, hospital epidemiology and infection control at UCSF Medical Center.

  • Feb. 4 -- Influenza: New Threats from and Old Germ
  • Feb. 11 -- Mad Cow Disease: No Longer Just a European Issue
  • Feb. 18 -- Food-Borne Diseases: What Is Really Safe to Eat
  • Feb. 25 -- West Nile Fever and Other Zoonoses: Diseases that Can Spread from Animals to Man

Mental Health Across the Lifespan

This course examines psychological health through the lifespan, focusing on the concerns of older adults. The course director is Dr. Stuart Eisendrath, director of clinical services, Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, and UCSF professor of clinical psychiatry.

  • Feb. 4 -- Am I Depressed or Just Tired? Depression in Women Across the Lifespan
  • Feb. 11 -- Coping with Depression: New Understandings and New Treatments
  • Feb. 18 -- Late-Life Depression: New Findings for Older Folks
  • Feb. 25 -- Integrative Psychiatry: Holistic Healing for the Mind

Conversations with UCSF Authors

KQED's Michael Krasny, host of the award-winning "Forum," interviews UCSF authors about their latest books. The course director is Carol Fox, UCSF assistant vice chancellor, public affairs.

  • Feb. 4 -- A Question of Intent: A Great American Battle with a Deadly Industry
  • Feb. 18 -- Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease; Eat More, Weigh Less; Love & Survival
  • Feb. 25 -- Internal Bleeding: The Truth Behind America's Terrifying Epidemic of Medical Mistakes
  • March 10 -- Crones Don't Whine: Concentrated Wisdom for Juicy Women; The Millionth Circle; Goddesses in Older Women

Caring for Aging Relatives: Expecting the Unexpected

Nearly every family, at some point, faces the need to care for a loved one who is aging. This course, examining some of the choices that must be made, is directed by Joan B. Wood, Ph.D., director, Northern California Geriatric Education Center, associate director, UCSF Mount Zion Center on Aging.

  • Feb. 4 -- When You Need Care at Home
  • Feb. 11 -- Financial and Legal Issues in Late Life
  • Feb. 18 -- Levels and Venues of Elder Care
  • Feb. 25 -- Nursing Homes

For more information, visit this Web site.

To register call (415) 476-5808, or register on site the evening of the class. Parking is available in the UCSF garage for a reduced fee of $3 per evening.

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