Enrollment Open for Fall UCSF Osher Lifelong Learning Classes

September 13, 2004
News Office: Corinna Kaarlela (415) 502-6397

The UCSF Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is offering four new courses in health and healing this fall. Open to the public, the six-week courses begin in October.

Designed to stimulate and inform adult learners, the courses range from an examination of the most effective forms of preventing chronic diseases to Hollywood's view of intergenerational relationships in full-length feature films.

Other courses cover mental health across one's lifespan and ways to prevent and treat sports injuries.

Courses begin the week of October 24 and end the week of December 5.

All classes will take place in San Francisco from 7 to 8:45 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. On the evening of the event, registration begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuition for each course is $85. For information, call UCSF Public Affairs at (415) 502-6397 or email sgettys@pubaff.ucsf.edu.

Mental Health Across the Life Span

San Francisco Jewish Community Center
3200 California St.

This course examines psychological health throughout the life span. Topics will include the role of attachment and early childhood behavior, the roller coaster of adolescent moods, anxiety disorders in women, the relative utility of new medications and psychotherapies in modern society, and new clinical and research findings on depression.

  • Oct. 26 -- Flirting with Disaster: The Adolescent Roller Coaster
  • Nov. 2 -- No Class (Election Night)
  • Nov. 9 -- Depression and Evidenced-Based Specific Psychotherapies
  • Nov. 16 -- The Maze of Mood Medications: Selecting the Right Antidepressant
  • Nov. 23 -- Traumatic Events and Disasters: Latest Findings from 9/11 and Beyond
  • Nov. 30 -- Belonging & Individuality: The Role of Attachment in Mental Health
  • Dec. 7 -- Anxiety Disorders: More than a Case of the Nerves

Science and the Cinema:
Hollywood's View of Family and Intergenerational Relationships

UCSF Medical Sciences Building Lobby
513 Parnassus Ave.

The course will look at ways in which movie directors and screenwriters deal with gerontological topics including familial relations and social interactions as one ages, financing health care and assisted living, and how the aging process is viewed in France. The "microscope" for examining these issues will be the medium of film.

  • Oct. 27 -- "Calendar Girls"
  • Nov. 3 -- "The Dead"
  • Nov. 10 -- "King Lear, Part I"
  • Nov. 17 -- "King Lear, Part II"
  • Dec. 1 -- "Harold and Maude"
  • Dec. 8 -- "A Sunday in the Country"

The Truth About Preventive Medicine:
What Really Works to Prevent Our Most Common Killer Diseases

UCSF Medical Sciences Building Lobby
513 Parnassus Ave.

This course defines modern medicine's most successful strategies for prevention of chronic diseases. Participants will have the opportunity to meet national experts on the latest science in preventive medicine.

  • Oct. 27 -- Current Controversies in Cancer Screening: Where Should the Priorities Be?
  • Nov. 3 -- Current Strategies for Prevention of Stroke Jeffrey Kohlwes
  • Nov. 10 -- Prevention of Heart Disease: Balancing Risk Factors and New Technologies
  • Nov. 17 -- Prevention of Osteoporosis and Osteoporotic Fractures
  • Dec. 1 -- New Developments in Prevention and Early Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease
  • Dec. 8 -- Nutritional Approaches to Disease Prevention

New Developments in Sports Medicine:
Working Out at Any Age, at Any Level

UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion
Herbst Hall
1600 Divisidero St.

This course describes new techniques to prevent and treat sports injuries. It is directed at those trying to stay fit, "weekend warriors," even master-level athletes.

  • Oct. 28 -- What's New with Elbow Injuries?
  • Nov. 4 -- Advances in Shoulder Surgery
  • Nov. 11 -- Training and Conditioning Tips for Athletes at all Levels
  • Nov. 18 -- Staying Fit and Staying Active Despite Back Pain
  • Dec. 2 -- So I Have an Artificial Joint, Can I Still Play Sports?
  • Dec. 9 -- Oh My Aching Knee

UCSF Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is a community education program for adult learners sponsored by the UCSF Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy, the UCSF Medical Center, the UCSF Public Affairs Department and the University of California Academic Geriatric Resource Program. The program is supported in part by a grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation.

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