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Lecture series addresses health and aging

A free online lecture series focuses on health and aging in October.
Free online talks run through October

A series of free, online lectures in October will offer information from experts on a range of issues related to health and aging.

The fall lecture series “Community Health and You” is sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Lifelong Learning Institute at Southern Oregon University.

Each lecture will be held through the free videoconference service Zoom. Visit inside.sou.edu/olli to register and get a link to each presentation. The schedule is as follows:

  • 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6: Dr. Steven Hersch, vice president of medical affairs and administrator of Asante Ashland Community Hospital, presents “Health Issues in Older Adults." He’ll help viewers make sense of medical news, common diseases in older adults and how to avoid or delay them, and progress on Asante's Age-Friendly Hospital Initiative.
  • 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13: Dr. Jeb Reid of Asante Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine presents “Aging, Remaining Active and Orthopedics." He’ll discuss the physiology of aging, the importance of remaining physically fit and athletic as we age, and what can be done when orthopedic injuries and conditions arise.
  • 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20: Dr. Kirsten Schutte, an infectious disease specialist and Asante’s medical director of infection prevention, presents “COVID-19: The View Through an Age-Focused Lens." She’ll cover how age and underlying conditions affect disease severity and outcomes of COVID-19, vaccine effectiveness and the most effective ways to protect yourself from COVID-19.
  • 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27: Dr. Sue Hagar, family medicine physician and chair of Asante’s Primary Care Division, presents “End of Life Planning.” She’ll discuss end-of-life decision-making, including the selection of surrogate decision-makers, and the completion of important documents such as advance directives and Physician Order for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) forms.