Release Date: March 24, 2010
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Renowned psychologist to examine behavioural health in late life at University of Regina lecture

Dr. Jane Fisher, a highly-regarded psychologist, will be speaking at the Centre on Aging Health Seventh Annual Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, March 25, 2010, starting at 6:30 p.m.

In her talk, "Lessons from a Lifetime of Learning: Behavioural Health in Late Life," Dr. Fisher will describe how geropsychologists are applying lifespan development theory, findings from treatment outcome research, and a respect for older adults' personal histories to promote behavioural health in late life. Findings from research on the treatment of depression in late life and the care of older adults with cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer's disease will illustrate recent advances in the field of aging and behavioural health.

The free lecture is open to the public and will be held in Room 527 in the Administration-Humanities Building on the University of Regina main campus.

Dr. Fisher is Professor of Psychology and former Director of Clinical Training at the University of Nevada, Reno. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and a doctorate in clinical psychology from Indiana University, Bloomington.  Dr. Fisher is Executive Director of the Nevada Caregiver Support Center, a training, outreach, and research program devoted to promoting behavioural health in elderly persons with cognitive disorders and their family caregivers and training in evidence-based behavioural health strategies for professionals. She is also Director of the Elder Abuse Prevention Program at the University of Nevada, Reno which is funded by the U.S. National Institute on Justice. Dr. Fisher's research interests are focused on aging and behavioural health, the development of interventions to promote behavioural health in elderly persons with chronic illnesses and their family caregivers, the integration of evidence-based behavioural healthcare in long-term care and primary care settings, staff training, and the development of restraint-free methods of care for elderly persons with dementia.

Free parking for the lecture will be available in Lot 3, Area ‘M'. Refreshments will be provided.

The Centre on Aging and Health is a research centre at the University of Regina. Researchers affiliated with the Centre are researching a wide variety of issues relating to aging and health. Centre research includes, but is not limited to, investigations of better ways of assessing and managing pain in older persons, culturally sensitive end of life care for Aboriginal persons, falls, the psychological impact of waiting lists and ethical issues in aging and health.

Previous lectures have covered topics as diverse as driving in old age, pain management in older adults, ethical issues relating to the care of seniors who reside in long-term care facilities, the health of North American immigrants, and others.

For more information about the Centre on Aging and Health, please visit their website at http://uregina.ca/hadjistt/centre_index.htm