Healthy Aging Lecture Series talk to focus on the effects of choices on aging

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Martin Sliwinski, professor of human development and family studies and director of the Center for Healthy Aging at Penn State, will give a lecture, titled "Expanding on the Science of Healthy Aging," at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at The Village at Penn State.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is part of the 2014 Healthy Aging Lecture Series sponsored by the Penn State Center for Healthy Aging, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Penn State, Foxdale Village, the Village at Penn State, Mount Nittany Medical Center and Home Instead Senior Care. A breakfast will take place at 9 a.m. Reservations are required to attend the breakfast and/or lecture.

According to Sliwinski, science is giving us more information about the effects of the choices we make. His talk will focus on the ways in which we influence our own aging, health and disease susceptibility. It will discuss how we can know what choices to make and what risk factors to avoid.

Sliwinski's research generally focuses on how aging, health and disease can influence a person’s ability to memorize, reason and concentrate. Specifically, he is interested in linking micro-level processes -- such as daily stress, mood and rumination -- to long-term changes in mental, physical and cognitive health. 

Sliwinski earned a doctorate degree in psychology at the City University of New York in 1992 and a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies at Georgetown University in 1986. He joined the faculty at Penn State in 2008.

To learn more about the lecture, go to: http://healthyaging.psu.edu/healthy-aging-lecture-series-0.

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Last Updated January 27, 2014