Successful Aging & Your Brain

MemoryWorks Conference
2:10-3:10PM, Thursday, March 30, 2017
Holiday Inn by the Bay
88 Spring Street, Portland, Maine

INTRO by Erica S. Robertson, Fitness Director, U-ExCEL, Division of Geriatric Medicine,
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine,
11 Hills Beach Road, Biddeford, ME 04005, P (207) 602-2199


Marilyn R. Gugliucci, MA, PhD, AGHEF, GSAF, AGSF Professor & Director Geriatrics Education and Research Department of Geriatric Medicine, UNE


Ian D. Meng, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences; Director of the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) for the Study of Pain and Sensory Function Director, Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) for the Study of Pain and Sensory Function, UNE

Stacey Thieme, D.O., Director of Preceptor Program, UNE


Contact info:

L. Reynolds, Director, Cognitive Fitness Initiative, The Dana Foundation., office: 212.401.1683, cell: 718.564.0549




The general discussion is divided into the three main sections listed below:

Part I. Normal Brain Function and Normal Age-related Changes

This will be a very brief introduction to how the brain is put together and normally functions, with an emphasis on learning and memory, followed by a condensed account of the changes that accompany healthy aging.


Part II. Brain Diseases and Disorders

The discussion should focus on Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, Parkinson’s disease and depression. It may also include head injury and sleep (as listed below), and other topics, possibly, depending on the expertise of the panel.


Part III. Successful Aging

Panelists will describe the four factors that predict “successful aging”—the things, in other words, that people who maintain good cognitive function into their later years tend to do, according to research.