Social Work Lecture Focuses on Alzheimer’s Disease

Living longer brings with it medical, economic and spiritual issues, to name a few. The University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, a leader in the field of gerontology research, focuses on these topics in the Turner Distinguished Speakers Series.

The first of three lectures is planned for 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17 in Rockwell Pavilion at the UH M.D. Anderson Library. Goldie Byrd, professor and chair of the biology department at North Carolina A&T State University, will discuss her research on Alzheimer’s disease in the African American community. Byrd is an expert on vascular diseases in African Americans. This presentation also will discuss the special challenges for African American families who are burdened by the disease, including family dynamics and denial, early diagnosis, care giving and financial burden. The Houston chapter of the Association of Black Social Workers co-sponsors the event.

"Dr. Byrd's research and lecture are critical at a time when more and more families are faced with this disease," said Ira Colby, dean of the college.

The event is free. For priority seating call 713-743-9968.

The Turner Distinguished Speakers Series spotlights "Diversity in Aging: The Impact of Ethnicity, Family, Health, Economic Status and Spirituality on Quality of Life in the Elderly."

The series is underwritten by the Isla Carroll Turner Friendship Trust, a Houston foundation devoted to the support of study and research in the field of gerontology.

Continuing education units will be available for a nominal fee.

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WHAT: The Turner Distinguished Speakers Series
"Alzheimer’s Disease in the African American Community"
Featuring Goldie S. Byrd, PhD
WHEN: 6:30 p. m., Tuesday, Feb. 17
WHERE: UH Rockwell Pavilion, 2nd floor M.D. Anderson Library
4800 Calhoun Road (UH Entrance One)
Parking is available at the Hilton University of Houston Hotel.
For directions, visit
WHO: UH Graduate College of Social Work