Noted Duke Professor To Teach Gerontology Course

for immediate release May 29, 1998

Alzheimer's disease, depression and anxiety are among the disorders to be discussed in "Emotional Problems in Later Life," an Abilene Christian University course to be taught July 13-17 by Dr. Dan Blazer of Duke University.

The class, which is part of the Summer Scholar Series at ACU's Pruett Gerontology Center, will meet from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in Room 301 of the Mabee Business Building. Students will earn 3 hours of graduate-level credit. The class will be available for undergraduates on a competitive basis.

The course, GERO 675, is directed to non-clinical persons who work with older adults experiencing emotional problems. A variety of disorders including Alzheimer's disease, depression and anxiety will be reviewed with special emphasis upon the care of persons experiencing these disorders. The format will include lectures, client demonstrations and discussions.

Blazer, dean of medical education at Duke University School of Medicine, earned his doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the past president of the Psychiatric Review Society and on the board for 10 psychiatric journals. Blazer is the author or editor of 19 books; and the author or co-author of more than 130 published abstracts, more than 190 peer-reviewed articles, and more than 100 book chapters. Many of the articles and chapters are on the topics of depression, epidemiology and consultation liaison psychology, especially with the elderly. Blazer has been the principal investigator of many grant-funded projects, most of which have focused on the prevalence of physical and mental illnesses in the elderly. He is also a former missionary to Africa.

Regular ACU tuition applies to the course if taken for credit, but it may be audited for half the tuition rate. For more information, please call ACU's Pruett Gerontology Center at 915-674-2350.

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