SCI 02 — Aging and the Brain
Day(s): Saturday and Sunday
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Nov 5—Nov 6
Time: 9:00 am—3:00 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 29
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Instructor(s): Simon Tan
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
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 course 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? We will also touch upon some controversial issues such as the notion of brain fitness and the capacity for consent to treatment.
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.
Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences (Affiliated), Stanford
Textbooks for this course:
There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.