We are pleased to present a lecture series that features prominent scholars from the University of Arizona and beyond speaking about topics important to aging, including isolation and loneliness, integrative health, immunity and sleep.
Over the past decade, the number of older adults in the U.S. grew by one-third to more than 54 million, including a 52% increase in Arizona’s older adult population. U.S. Census data show that by 2034, the number of Americans aged 65 and older will for the first time outnumber those under 18.
“This lecture series is created to address topics that are of interest to older adults, their families and the community. The initiative aims to create an environment where older adults feel a part of the university community. This series will allow community members to get to know our experts, explore, learn and achieve more fulfilling, enriching lives.”
- Kathleen Insel, PhD, RN, director of Innovations in Healthy Aging and professor in the UArizona College of Nursing
All lectures are free and open to the public. All upcoming lectures are planned as in-person events.
Recordings of the lectures will be available on the Innovations in Healthy Aging website for later viewing. View past lectures here.
In this lecture, Dr. Laura Howard discusses the ethics of aging, addressing important philosophical questions surrounding age and ‘ageism’: What are the beliefs and concepts about time and aging that fuel negative attitudes and behaviors toward aging adults? What, if any, obligations should society have for taking care of an aging population? Is living longer living better? What are the moral considerations for using technology to extend the human life span by many, many years?
Laura M. Howard, PhD is a Professor of Practice at James E. Rogers College of Law, Bioethics faculty at Phoenix College of Medicine, and a retired Associate Professor of philosophy at the University of Arizona. Howard’s area of specialty is in normative and applied ethics, and she teaches courses covering topics in medical ethics, regulation and ethics for healthcare professionals, aging, and social justice. Her current scholarship interests involve environmental health ethics.
Past Lectures and Videos
In this lecture, Drs. Sternberg and Crocker will discuss a framework for embedding whole person/integrative health into the built environment, starting with a conversation about how each began to work in the area of integrative health and the built environment. Audience members will learn about the importance of lifestyle in health and wellbeing, and the 7 "core areas" of integrative health. They will give examples of each of the 7 core areas and will discuss how the built environment can be designed to foster and support each domain. Both experts will touch on the importance of integrative health and designing the built environment to support optimal health and resilience post-COVID. Finally, Drs. Sternberg and Crocker will share their views on where the field is going in the future and some practical take-home messages to help audience members incorporate these principles into their everyday lives, to optimize their health and wellbeing.
Esther Sternberg, MD, is research director, Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine; founding director, UArizona Institute on Place, Wellbeing & Performance; inaugural Andrew Weil Chair for Research in Integrative Medicine; professor, medicine & psychology; and professor, architecture, landscape architecture and planning, University of Arizona, Tucson.
Robert L. “Rocky” Crocker, MD, is director, Strategic Clinical Planning and Implementation, Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine; and clinical assistant professor of medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson.
In this lecture, Dr. Janko Nikolich-Žugich discusses what the immune system is, what it does, how it ages, how it responds to novel diseases such as COVID-19, and how current research is working to overcome age-related immune decline.
Janko Nikolich-Žugich, M.D., Ph.D., is Bowman Professor and Head, Department of Immunobiology; Director, Aegis Consortium for Pandemic-Free Future; and Co-Director, Arizona Center on Aging at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, Arizona.
Awe is a positive emotion associated with wonder, creativity and generosity. Dr. Sturm will describe the mental and physical health benefits of awe and summarize a study she conducted on “awe walks” for older adults.
Virginia Sturm, PhD, is the John Douglas French Alzheimer’s Foundation Endowed Professor at UCSF. She is Associate Professor in the departments of neurology and psychiatry and the Director of the Clinical Affective Neuroscience Laboratory that is located in the UCSF Memory and Aging Center and affiliated with the UCSF Center for Psychophysiology and Behavior.
Michael Grandner, PhD, director, Sleep and Health Research Program, associate professor, medicine, and associate professor, psychiatry, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson; director, Behavioral Sleep Medicine Clinic, Banner-University Medical Center.
In this helpful and engaging lecture, Dr. Michael Grandner, director of the Sleep and Health Research Program at the University of Arizona, discusses some of the basics of how sleep works and how it is related to brain health, inflammation, and other areas of well-being. He also presents some strategies for making the most of sleep as we get older.
Andrew Weil, MD, director, Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine; clinical professor, medicine, and Lovell-Jones Endowed Chair in Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson; professor, health promotion sciences, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.
In this enlightening lecture, Dr. Weil discusses the important question, “Is it inevitable to get sick as we get old?” He shares observations of the healthy aging successes of centenarians, how our “genetic destiny” may be modifiable, and how inflammation contributes to disease. He offers practical ways to separate the aging process from age-related disease to stay as healthy as we can as we age, including incorporating a healthy diet, maintaining physical activity, and the importance of social connection.