April 14, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik

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The Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning's Lunch & Learn program will host two discussions related to aging in April.

The first, "A Bird's-Eye View of Aging", with Mark Haussmann, Bucknell biology professor, is scheduled for Tuesday, April 22, at noon at Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village at The Village Common, located at 6 Tressler Boulevard in Lewisburg. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.

An idea that has permeated gerontology for a century is that prolonged stress hastens the aging process.

Haussmann researches the molecular biology of aging in birds, with his most recent findings showing a direct correlation between prenatal stress and aging in birds. He will discuss what birds can teach us about the aging process, how aging in birds differs from aging in humans, and how stress impacts aging and lifespan.

Lunch is lentil soup and ham salad on a croissant.

The second, "Aging and Music Cognition," with Andrea Halpern, Bucknell psychology professor, will be held Tuesday, April 29, at 11:30 a.m. at Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village at The Village Common. Doors open at 11 a.m. [note change in start time] This event was originally scheduled for Feb. 13.

Older people enjoy music as audience members and performers, but little is known about changes in music cognition during the normal course of healthy aging.

Halpern will summarize some general principles of cognitive aging, then explore the extent to which music cognition (with an emphasis on memory) shows loss, gain and maintenance in older adults. She also will discuss whether positive effects of musicianship may offset negative effects of aging and conclude with a preview of some in-progress projects.

Lunch is chicken corn chowder and grilled vegetables in a wrap.

Beverages and a light dessert will be provided for each presentation in the Lunch & Learn series. Participants may bring their own lunch or purchase a soup-and-sandwich lunch for $6 by contacting the Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning office at 570-522-0105 or lifelonglearning@bucknell.edu up to 11:30 a.m. of the day prior to the program; payment can be made at the door. [directions]

The Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning has provided adult learners in the Central Susquehanna Valley a broad range of educational and intellectual opportunities since its inauguration during the fall of 2009. The Institute is a self-supporting affiliate of Bucknell University. All of its programs and events are supported by membership and course registration fees and donations from members and friends.

For more information about the Institute's programs, call 570-522-0105 or email lifelonglearning@bucknell.edu.