Osher Lifelong Learning classes kick off next week at UCSF

By Michael Fortes

The UCSF Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) kicks off next week with four new courses in health and healing. The six-week courses are open to the public.

OLLI is a community education program designed to stimulate and inform adult learners.  The courses range from an examination of the most effective forms of preventing chronic diseases to Hollywood’s view of intergenerational relationships in full-length feature films.

Other courses cover mental health across one’s lifespan and ways to prevent and treat sports injuries.

Courses will begin the week of October 24 and end the week of December 5. All classes will take place in San Francisco from 7:00 - 8:45 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays.  On the evening of the event, registration begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuition for each course is $85. For information, call UCSF Public Affairs at (415) 476-2557 or email [email protected]

## Mental Health Across the Lifespan

Tuesdays, San Francisco Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St. This course examines psychological health throughout the life span. Topics will include the role of attachment and early childhood behavior, the roller coaster of adolescent moods, anxiety disorders in women, the relative utility of new medications and psychotherapies in modern society, and new clinical and research findings on depression.

OCTOBER 26—FLIRTING WITH DISASTER: THE ADOLESCENT ROLLER COASTER —Susan Smiga, MD, associate clinical professor, UCSF Department of Psychiatry, and UCSF specialist in adolescent depression and cognitive behavioral therapy

NOVEMBER 9—DEPRESSION AND EVIDENCE-BASED SPECIFIC PSYCHOTHERAPIES—Stuart Eisendrath, MD, director of clinical services, Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, and UCSF professor of clinical psychiatry

NOVEMBER 16—THE MAZE OF MOOD MEDICATIONS: SELECTING THE RIGHT ANTI-DEPRESSANT—Owen Wolkowitz, MD, professor in residence, UCSF Department of Psychiatry, and UCSF specialist in psychopharmacology, psychoendocrinology, and mood and anxiety disorders

NOVEMBER 23—TRAUMATIC EVENTS AND DISASTERS: LATEST FINDINGS FROM 9/11 AND BEYOND—Charles Marmar, MD, professor and vice chair, UCSF Department of Psychiatry, and associate chief of staff, Mental Health, San Francisco VA Medical Center

NOVEMBER 30—BELONGING AND INDIVIDUALITY: THE ROLE OF ATTACHMENT IN MENTAL HEALTH—Alicia Lieberman, PhD, professor in residence, UCSF Department of Psychiatry, and UCSF specialist in infant and early childhood mental health and attachment

DECEMBER 7—ANXIETY DISORDERS: MORE THAN A CASE OF THE NERVES—Ellen Haller, MD, adjunct professor and director of Adult Psychiatric Clinic, UCSF Department of Psychiatry

## Science and Cinema:  Hollywood’s View of Family and Intergenerational Relationships

Wednesdays, UCSF Medical Sciences Building Lobby, 513 Parnassus Ave. The course will look at ways in which movie directors and screenwriters deal with gerontological topics including familial relations and social interactions as one ages, financing health care and assisted living, and how the aging process is viewed in France. The “microscope” for examining these issues will be the medium of film.

OCTOBER 27—“CALENDAR GIRLS”—A group of middle-aged housewives agree to pose au natural for a calendar in order to raise money for a worthy cause they want to support. The film examines the stereotypes we have about our bodies as we become mature adults, how those physical stereotypes impact us socially and psychologically, and the effect on our relationships.

NOVEMBER 3—“THE DEAD”—Based upon James Joyce’s classic novella, this treatment of the work was one of John Houston’s last films. It covers the importance of family and friends as support systems among characters advancing in age, and reflections on “lost love” among those characters in middle age.

NOVEMBER 10—“KING LEAR, PART I”—Peter Brooke’s famous adaptation of Shakespeare’s master work stars Lawrence Olivier. The first session on this film will focus on the early acts of the filmed play, on the family relationships between the main character—the aging, despotic king—and his progeny.

NOVEMBER 17—“KING LEAR, PART II”—In this session, the deposed king loses his worldly goods through his own pride, but gains self knowledge and the realization that he is loved through trials and sufferings which he endures.

DECEMBER 1—“HAROLD AND MAUDE”—This “black comedy,” starring Ruth Gordon, will examine uniquely American stereotypes about aging. The discussion will include intergenerational relations and friendships.

DECEMBER 8—“A SUNDAY IN THE COUNTRY”—This little-known French film released in the late 1980s is a work of art in terms of its visual beauty. It is the story of an aging painter who is visited at his home in the country by his family. The film begins with sunrise, ends with sunset, and looks at the artist’s relationship to his family and how people deal with visions of themselves that they abandon as they age.

## The Truth About Preventive Medicine:  What really works to prevent our Most Common Killer DiseasesTHE TRUTH ABOUT PREVENTIVE MEDICINE: WHAT REALLY WORKS TO PREVENT OUR MOST COMMON KILLER DISEASES

Wednesdays, UCSF Medical Sciences Building Lobby, 513 Parnassus Ave. This course defines modern medicine’s most successful strategies for prevention of chronic diseases. Participants will have the opportunity to meet national experts on the latest science in preventive medicine.

OCTOBER 27—CURRENT CONTROVERSIES IN CANCER SCREENING: WHERE SHOULD THE PRIORITIES BE?—Judith M.E. Walsh, MD, MPH, assistant professor of clinical medicine, UCSF Women’s Health Clinical Research Center

NOVEMBER 3—CURRENT STRATEGIES FOR PREVENTION OF STROKE—Jeffrey Kohlwes, MD, UCSF assistant clinical professor of medicine, and director, Veterans Affairs Medical Center PRIME program

NOVEMBER 10—PREVENTION OF HEART DISEASE: BALANCING RISK FACTORS AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES—Jonathan Zaroff, MD, assistant professor of medicine, and director, Coronary Care Unit, UCSF Medical Center

NOVEMBER 17—PREVENTION OF OSTEOPOROSIS—Douglas Bauer, MD, UCSF associate professor of medicine, and epidemiology and biostatistics

DECEMBER 1—NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN PREVENTION AND EARLY TREATMENT OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE—Katherine Julian, MD, assistant clinical professor of medicine, and associate director, UCSF Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program

DECEMBER 8—NUTRITIONAL APPROACHES TO DISEASE PREVENTION—Robert B. Baron, MD, MS, UCSF professor of medicine, and vice-chief, UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine

## New Developments in Sports Medicice:  Working out at Any Age, At Any Level

Thursdays, UCSF Mount Zion, Herbst Hall, 1600 Divisidero St. This course describes new techniques to prevent and treat sports injuries. It is directed at those trying to stay fit, “weekend warriors,” even master-level athletes.

OCTOBER 28—WHAT’S NEW WITH ELBOW INJURIES?—Marc Safran, MD, associate professor of orthopaedic surgery, director of sports medicine, and chief of shoulder and elbow service, all at UCSF; and orthopaedic team physician, UC Berkeley

NOVEMBER 4—ADVANCES IN SHOULDER SURGERY—Ben Ma, MD, UCSF assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, and UCSF specialist in sports medicine

NOVEMBER 11—TRAINING AND CONDITIONING TIPS FOR ATHLETES AT ALL LEVELS—Anthony Luke, MD, UCSF assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, and UCSF specialist in sports medicine

NOVEMBER 18—STAYING FIT AND STAYING ACTIVE DESPITE BACK PAIN—Sigurd Berven, MD, UCSF assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, and UCSF specialist in spinal disorders

DECEMBER 2—SO I HAVE AN ARTIFICIAL JOINT, CAN I STILL PLAY SPORTS?—Kevin Bozic, MD, UCSF assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, and UCSF specialist in arthroplasty

DECEMBER 9—OH, MY ACHING KNEE!—Christina Allen, MD, UCSF assistant clinical professor; and orthopaedic team physician for US women’s national U-21 soccer team, Cal Athletics and Cal Women’s Soccer at UC Berkeley, and Lowell High School

UCSF Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is a community education program for adult learners sponsored by the UCSF Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy, the UCSF Medical Center, the UCSF Public Affairs Department and the University of California Academic Geriatric Resource Program. The program is supported in part by a grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation.