Normal cognitive aging vs dementia 

“Alexa, where is my phone?” “Did I already take my medicine this morning?” “I love this song! Can you remind me who sings it?”

For just about anybody, the complexities of modern life, the multiple impacts of covid-related isolation and the effort required just to keep up with day-to-day necessities provide plenty of stress.  Add a memory lapse and the results can be anything from minor frustration to a full-blown panic attack.

At 10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 14, Billie Enz
, whose doctorate is in Elementary Education, will offer an interactive session all about memory. Understanding how the brain ages, how normal cognitive aging differs from dementia and how to maintain memory skills throughout life can go a long way toward relieving some of the stress inherent in our daily lives.

Billie Enz MMLEnz is a professor emeritus in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University where she served as an administrator in the College of Education for over 25 years.  She is an internationally recognized expert on literacy and language acquisition and has worked to develop appropriate curriculum and teaching strategies for preschool and elementary school systems in Cairo and Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, and Manchester, England. She is a published author and an experienced speaker on any number of topics including brain health for seniors.

In addition to providing tips on maintaining memory skills and outlining some of the ways that memory changes throughout the human life span, the discussion will break down the intertwined memory systems – sensory, short-term and the multiple components of long-term. She will also provide the latest research regarding memory storage and retrieval and, if you are up for it, there will be an opportunity to experience several memory assessments. 

Tickets to the lecture are $5 each and will be available in the lobby of the Renaissance Theater beginning at 9 a.m.

For more information: 

  • Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age (2021) by Sanjay Gupta