AHH Seminar: Successful Aging


Presentation Title: Successful Aging: Linking Hearing and Memory to Social, Psychological and Health Factors

Speaker: Professor Kathy Pichora-Fuller

Date: Monday 29 June 2015 , 1.00pm to 2.30pm

Location: Australian Hearing Hub, lecture theatre, level 1

Abstract: The population is aging and hearing loss may be a risk factor for age-related health problems, including dementia. The presentation will review auditory and cognitive aging in healthy adults and how these changes affect and are affected by social factors (e.g., stigma, self-efficacy, social support and isolation). Then implications for research and practice will be considered. An assessment issue is whether or not audiologists should test memory and how other health professionals could benefit from information about hearing status. A rehabilitation issue is how audiologists can collaborate in inter-disciplinary teams and reframe hearing interventions more broadly to achieve ‘successful aging’.

Bio: Kathy Pichora-Fuller is a Full Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto. She is also an Adjunct Scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Hospital in Toronto. She completed a B.A. in Linguistics at the University of Toronto (1977) and a M.Sc. in Audiology and Speech Sciences at the University of British Columbia (1980). She worked as a clinical audiologist and then the Supervisor of Audiology at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and then returned to complete a Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Toronto (1991). Until 2002, she was a faculty member in the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences and Director of the Institute for Hearing Accessibility Research at UBC. Her research is funded by NSERC and CIHR, including being the hearing expert for the Canadian Longitudinal Study of Aging and a researcher in the Canadian Consortium on Neuro-degeneration and Aging. She is now translating her lab-based research on auditory and cognitive aging to address the needs of older adults who suffer from both hearing and cognitive impairments. Kathy serves on the editorial boards of Ear and Hearing and the International Journal of Audiology. She was President of the Canadian Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists (1984-87), hasserved on the executive boards of the Canadian Acoustical Association (1998-2002, 2011-present), the International Collegium of Rehabilitative Audiology (1997-2003), the Canadian Academy of Audiology (2002-2004) and as the Canadian representative to the International Society of Audiology (2004-2010, 2014-16). She is a co-chair of the World Congress of Audiology to be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in September 2016. She has beenawarded the Honours of the Association by the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (1987), the President’s Award of the Canadian Academy of Audiology (2007), and the International Award of the American Academy of Audiology (2014).

Who should come:  hearing, speech and language researchers and clinicians, cognitive scientists, psychologists, researchers in aging health and health care professionals.

Network: Learn from one another and see what collaboration opportunities are available.

Registration:  Entry is free and open to the public. Please register by 18 June 2015

For further information and to resister, please email Louise Dodd louise.dodd@mq.edu.au or contact her on +61 2 9850 6703