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STEP Session on 'Science of Aging'

The Staff Training in Extramural Programs presents "The Science of Aging: Sustaining Independence," on Tuesday, Apr. 17 from 8:30 a.m. to noon in Wilson Hall, on the third floor of Bldg. 1.

Aging gracefully and sustaining the ability to live independently are major personal and societal goals. The good news from science is that aspects of aging once viewed as inevitable are now viewed as preventable. This STEP Science and the Public Health session will explore why some people lead healthy, independent and productive lives well into their 70s, 80s, 90s and even beyond, while others succumb to age-related diseases and disabilities in their 60s or much earlier. It will review recent scientific advances that may lay the foundations for future interventions to prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease and other age-related conditions. It will present results from clinical evaluations of interventions to prevent disability and sustain independent living among the elderly.

Dr. Raynard Kington, NIH associate director for behavioral and social sciences research, will serve as moderator for the session and will present a brief overview of demographic trends and implications of an aging population. The four speakers and topics include: Dr. Richard Miller, University of Michigan, "The Biology of Aging and Longevity — Evidence from the Laboratory and the Jungle"; Dr. Marcelle Morrison-Bogorad, acting deputy director, NIA, "The Aging Brain: Normal Aging and Alzheimer's Disease"; Dr. Linda P. Fried, Johns Hopkins University, "Maintaining Independence of Older Adults through Targeting Individual Needs"; and Dr. Laura L. Carstensen, Stanford University, "Reaping the Potential of the Mature Population in the 21st Century."

All NIH employees are invited to attend. No advance registration is necessary. Inform the STEP office at 435-2769 about any need for sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodation by Apr. 10.

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