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Scientist to discuss what we’re learning about 90-plus-year-olds

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From page A7 | September 17, 2013 |

The 90+ Study, one of the largest population-based studies in the world of “the oldest of the old,” will be the focus of a presentation Thursday, Oct. 24, at the UC Davis MIND Institute.

Claudia Kawas, the Al and Trish Nichols Chair in Clinical Neuroscience at UC Irvine, will discuss the study as part of the UCD Alzheimer’s Disease Center Distinguished Lecture series. She will speak from 6 to 7 p.m. in the auditorium at the MIND Institute, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento.

During the past century, advances in public health and medical science have extended life expectancy by more than 28 years. People over age 90 now are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population, yet little is known about these pioneers of aging.

Kawas, professor of neurobiology and behavior and neurology, is associate director of the UCI Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders and principal investigator for the 90+ Study. During her lecture, she will address lifestyle and other lessons from individuals in their 10th decades of life and beyond.

Based in Leisure World in Laguna Woods, the 90+ Study’s aims are identifying factors associated with longevity in 90-plus-year-olds; identifying factors associated with disability and dementia in 90-plus-year-olds; and contrasting clinical-pathological correlations of normal cognition in that population.

Kawas is a geriatric neurologist and researcher on aging and dementia. She concentrates on the epidemiology of aging and Alzheimer’s disease and the determinants of successful aging. During the past 25 years, she has published more than 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts and has worked on numerous other longitudinal studies of aging and dementia, including the Bronx Aging Study and the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging.

The lecture is one of two such distinguished lectures hosted each year by the Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Space is limited and reservations are required. To make reservations, contact Jayne LaGrande at 916-734-5728 or jayne.lagrande@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu or visit the Alzheimer’s Disease Center Facebook Page.

The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center is one of only 27 research centers designated by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging. The center’s goal is to translate research advances into improved diagnosis and treatment for patients while focusing on the long-term goal of finding a way to prevent or cure Alzheimer’s disease.

Also funded by the state of California, the center allows researchers to study the effects of the disease on a diverse population. For more information, visit http://alzheimer.ucdavis.edu.

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