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WSP 259 — Aging and the Brain

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Saturday and Sunday
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Nov 21—Nov 22
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Nov 14
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $340
Instructor(s): Simon Tan
Status: Open
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Live Online(About Formats)
Saturday and Sunday
10:00 am—4:00 pm (PT)
Nov 21—Nov 22
2 days
Drop By
Nov 14
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Simon Tan
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Have you ever walked into a room and forgotten why you came in? Do you continually misplace your wallet or car keys? Adults of any age can identify with these “senior” moments, often eliciting a mild chuckle from friends and family members. But at what point do these seemingly innocuous moments become something more? This workshop will provide a comprehensive understanding of normal cognition in older adults and dispel many societal myths about aging. Issues that will be addressed include: What is normal cognitive aging, and what are its stages? What is dementia, and what are its prevalence, causes, and symptoms? Is it different from something like Alzheimer’s disease? Can one recover from the effects of cognitive decline? How can we separate normal forgetting from depression and lack of motivation? This workshop will also touch upon some controversial issues such as the notion of brain fitness, and the capacity for consent to treatment.

Simon Tan, Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences (Affiliated), Stanford

Simon Tan’s teaching and research interests are in behavioral neurology, specifically dementia-associated disorders. He completed an internship in clinical psychology and two postdoctoral fellowships in clinical neuropsychology at Harvard Medical School. Earlier, he was a clinical neuropsychologist at NYU Medical Center. Tan is board-certified in both clinical neuropsychology through the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology and psychological assessment through the American Board of Assessment Psychology. He received a PhD in clinical psychology from Yeshiva University.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.