50 Voices of the Future: Jon Schwartz on the impact of empowering the aging population


In honor of UC San Diego Extension’s first 50 years, 50 Voices of the Future asks thought leaders about the trends, breakthroughs and social advances they foresee over the next 50 years.

San Diego is in the midst of an aging explosion. As those in the baby boomer generation continue to age, the senior population is growing at a faster pace than the total population in the country. According to Aging and Independent Services, the 60-74 year old community will increase by an average of 130 percent by 2030. Jon Schwartz, the marketing director for Seacrest Village Retirement Communities, understands firsthand the impact this group could have on our community. Although concerns have been raised about providing adequate assistance to seniors, he believes there’s an opportunity to empower those who are entering their senior years.

  1. Why is the work you do important?

Our government, media and culture are nervous about the explosion in elderly people and the burdens this may place on society. Concerns regarding access to adequate transportation, increased health care expenditures, lack of affordable housing and a cut in social services are all issues that we should be worried about. However, at the same time, this age revolution is an incredible opportunity for society. Never before have we had so many healthy, wealthy and wise older adults capable of making incredible differences in the world. As we grow older we become wiser, more philanthropic, more empathetic and are less likely to engage in violence and crime. Our motivations shift; mentorship and being a positive role model become imperative. Therefore, the work we do in exposing these skills is critical in making the world a better place.

  1. What are the influential/exciting development happening in your field now and why?

I believe the most influential development happening in our field is the fact that 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 70-years-old each day. This generation will redefine the way we age. No longer are the “golden years” meant for just leisure. Everything from housing, transportation and medicine will improve as a result of this generation.

  1. What’s the next big thing?

I believe technology and medicine will continue to exponentially improve. In terms of technology, we can expect to see improvements in the home to enable individuals to remain safe and comfortable. Today in Japan, the amount of seniors needing care exceeds the amount of caregivers able to provide this care. Therefore, they have begun using robots to supplement care. For example, they are used as medication reminders and to serve as companions. I anticipate this happening in the western world in the coming years.

In terms of medicine, we will continue to see incredible advancements in a race to extend healthy years in life. Many companies, funded by deep pockets and brilliant minds, are working on giving us all more healthy years. I believe they will achieve this through personalized medicine and customized nutrition. One day, everyone will have their genome sequenced, allowing clinicians to provide targeted therapies specific to our DNA.

  1. How big an impact will your field play in shaping the future of the San Diego region and beyond?

The field of aging will place a monumental role on the future of San Diego. In the year 1900, average life expectancy in America was just 47 years old. Today, average life expectancy in America is 78. In just over 100 years we have gained an extra 30 years of life, which I feel is one of the most remarkable achievements in the 20th century. To me, history will prove that the 21st century will be remembered for the incredible things that society does in those extra 30-plus years of life. As global aging continues to surge, we will soon reap the benefits of millions upon millions of more educated, wealthy and healthy seniors than the previous generation. We will see the elderly use their time, wisdom and compassion to make the world a better place in ways that we have never seen.

  1. Hop in to your time machine … what does the future look like for this field in 50 years? How can individuals/companies get prepared for what’s next?

I think in the next 50 years our society will continue to improve on providing opportunities for seniors to expose their talents and wisdom. I imagine there will be more inter-generational structures in the work place and in housing. I anticipate a greater percentage of seniors working, volunteering and being incredible assets to their community. This will all come about as our most disruptive age related diseases: dementia, heart disease and cancer, will have better therapies.

Jon Schwartz is the director of marketing at Seacrest Village Retirement Communities. He has been a featured speaker at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC San Diego, a membership program for adults over the age of 50 who want to be part of a learning community with peers.

50 Voices of the Future: William Mobley imagines life without Alzheimer’s


In honor of UC San Diego Extension’s first 50 years, 50 Voices of the Future asks thought leaders about the trends, breakthroughs and social advances they foresee over the next 50 years.

Dr. William Mobley believes a cure for Alzheimer’s disease is a distinct possibility. In 50 years “Kids will learn about it in school,” says Mobley, who chairs UC San Diego’s Department of Neurosciences. “They’ll say, in the old days, there was this terrible illness called Alzheimer’s disease, but treatments were discovered that prevent it in San Diego. That changed everything for dealing with that disease.”

If anybody can help make that happen, it’s Mobley, one of the world’s leading experts in neurodegenerative disorders. These days he’s hard at work trying to understand the way neurons communicate with each other. The occasional breakdown of these communications can lead to diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Down syndrome and Huntington’s disease.

What are the odds of finding a cure for these diseases in the next 50 years? “Hard to state probability,” Mobley says. “Better not to be weighed down by probabilities – just do it.”

(1) Why is the work you do important?

Our focus is on the mechanisms that underlie neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s diseases and Huntington’s disease and Down syndrome. The brain is a machine that links neurons together in networks. The integrity of those networks depends upon a two-way communication, from neuron #1 to neuron #2 and from neuron #2 back to neuron #1. We want to understand how it is, in the case of Alzheimer’s disease or Down syndrome or Huntington’s disease, how the system fails. Once we understand that, we’re in a position to basically reverse the disease process or prevent it.

(2) What are the influential/exciting developments happening in your field now and why?

Exciting things include technological advances that will let us see how the brain works; advances that let us understand the underlying mechanisms by which neurons talk to each other and communicate effectively. We can devise systems that let us look at how neurons talk to one another and what information they exchange. That lets you look at normal communication, the changes that occur in disease models, and allow those models to teach us about what goes wrong. The other advances are the genetic and technical discoveries. The tools that allow us to modify genes, so we can understand what impact a mutation might have. It’s a wonderful opportunity to understand the underlying mechanisms and test therapies.

(3) What’s the next big thing?

I think the next big things are therapies to treat Alzheimer’s disease. I think we can have effective treatments by 2025. Why not? And that changes everything. Because now Alzheimer’s disease currently considered an oncoming epidemic, is aborted. Or at least it is made less severe in older people and in younger people perhaps completely prevented.

(4) How big of an impact will your field play in shaping the future of the San Diego region and beyond?

I think we have a chance here in San Diego to do for other disorders what we’re trying to do right now for Alzheimer’s disease. So I could see UC San Diego and the other institutions on the Mesa – making really, really important observations in a number of diseases – Huntington’s disease and autism and a number of diseases that at present are underserved – this biomedical community is a kind of a paradise, for work of this kind. I would argue that San Diego could be not just a player but a frontrunner, a leader, for solving these problems, especially for the brain but for other disorders as well.

(5) Hop into your time machine…what does the future look like for this field in 50 years?  How can individuals/companies get prepared for what’s next?

In 50 years, hopefully Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and ALS – all of these really terrible disorders – are no longer a problem. We have treatments or cures for all of them. And then finally we’ll then be able to turn our attention to enhancing human life, using studies of brain science, to deal with issues of empathy, compassion, to learn the brain basis behind anger, dismay, hopelessness and to gain insights needed to deal with any number of issues that face society. Benefiting from great brain science, we can begin to deal more effectively with the human condition.

Explore the Science and Healthcare programs and courses that UC San Diego Extension offers including a range of certificate programs in areas such as Clinical Trials and Biotechnology Project Management, and discover more about neuroscience on The Brain Channel on UCTV.

50 Voices of the Future: Lin Chao on understanding evolution


In honor of UC San Diego Extension’s first 50 years, 50 Voices of the Future asks thought leaders about the trends, breakthroughs and social advances they foresee over the next 50 years.

Dr. Lin Chao has devoted his life to the study of evolution. His research on how oxidation can damage and age bacteria has lead to a greater understanding of how and why aging has evolved in human beings. Dr. Chao works as an evolutionary biologist at UC San Diego’s Section of Ecology, Behavior and Evolution.

(1) Why is the work you do important?

Just like a car, which oxidizes, our body also reacts with oxygen and that often will cause damage to our cells. Those damages will accumulate over a lifetime and will cause us to become less and less vigorous. We call that aging. The fact that bacteria also experience that has led to a development of another system that we can use to examine how living things deal with such forms of challenges from the environment.

We look at the effect of oxidative damage on bacteria. We look at the damage on the cells. The reason why damage to cells is important is we believe that a lot of aging, including human aging, is related to wear and tear and the insults of the world and the damage that it may have done to our own bodies or the cells in our own body. Oxidation is a form of damage that’s very, very common. By looking at the phenomenon in bacteria, which is where we study, a bacterium called E. coli, we can use it as a model for understanding how a cell would survive and deal with damage leading to perhaps an understanding of how aging happens in humans.

(2) What are the influential/exciting developments happening in your field now and why?

I’m interested in how evolution has shaped bacteria to handle these damages from oxidation. What’s been very interesting for this field is that biology, as well as many of the scientific so-called STEM areas – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – now have become much more interactive, integrating, for example, physics, computational sciences, and biology. Using that, now, as a unified approach, we call that systems biology, to study biological phenomena. Systems biology turns out to be ideal for studying evolution in such bacterial populations.

(3) What’s the next big thing?

Well, the next big thing is that, hopefully, we put together these approaches and come up with ways of looking at things that we could not do before; in the past, biology worked in isolation from physics, and physics worked in isolation from biology. And now, computer sciences can integrate everything, to basically enhance the power of the joint approaches.

(4) How big of an impact will your field play in shaping the future of the San Diego region and beyond?

San Diego is a very attractive place to a lot of retirees, because the weather is so nice. Retirees tend to be of more advanced age and aging becomes an issue that we all deal with. In that sense, I think that’s how our work could potentially become relevant to the health of such people, to how medicine would approach handling aging of cells in human beings and so on.

(5) Hop into your time machine…what does the future look like for this field in 50 years? How can individuals/companies get prepared for what’s next?

Science is changing because the information age has now made it easy to disseminate it to everyone. All this new information – data, concepts, ideas – now are fed into this vast network that’s available to the general public on the Internet. Very easily, you can go up and do a search and you can find and read papers that my lab or other labs have published. I would like to think that in the next 50 years, we will generate a highly educated public that will use this information to make better choices, wiser decisions about health, food, diet and so forth.

I study evolution in biological organisms, and I find it very curious that 50 percent of the American public does not believe in evolution. I would like to see in the next 50 years, because of this dissemination of information, that percentage go up to 90, 95 or 99 percent, so that we have a public that more assimilates these scientific ideas generated through research to improve their own lives.

Dr. Chao has presented at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC San Diego as well as his work at UC San Diego. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC San Diego is a membership program for adults over the age of 50 who want to take part in intellectually stimulating learning opportunities throughout the year.

50 Voices of the Future: Amy Jak on Alzheimer’s prevention

Amy JakWP

In honor of UC San Diego Extension’s first 50 years, 50 Voices of the Future asks thought leaders about the trends, breakthroughs and social advances they foresee over the next 50 years.

Dr. Amy Jak doesn’t just want us all to live to a ripe old age. Jak wants us to age well — and that means having a healthy brain as well as a healthy body. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, which is why Jak is devoted to helping reduce the risk and delay the onset of the disease through exercise and other cognitive workouts. Dr. Jak is neuropsychologist and an associate professor of Psychiatry at the UC San Diego School of Medicine.

(1) Why is the work you do important?

There really are so many scientists working on every front of Alzheimer’s disease. But to date, things like medication trials haven’t proved successful for Alzheimer’s. Behavioral intervention – which is what I focus on – such as exercise and cognitively challenging activities, have shown promise in reducing that risk for developing Alzheimer’s. Then really anything that reduces the risk for Alzheimer’s or even delays the onset of the disease even by a year or two can lead to really large benefits to a person’s quality of life and reduction in health care costs.

(2) What are the influential/exciting developments happening in your field now and why?

I’ve been hearing this phrase that “sitting is the new smoking.” To me, the development in understanding the detriments of sedentary behavior, not only to your physical health, but to cognitive health, have really exploded. I think the research and then subsequent awareness and education that will emerge from all of that will be tremendously beneficial to people’s cognitive health as they get older. I think that’s very exciting.

(3) What’s the next big thing?

I think the next big thing is personalized or precision medicine. The idea that if we had a better understanding of someone’s genetics or specific biomarkers for things like Alzheimer’s disease or poor cognitive aging that we could identify in individuals, that it would actually lead to improved diagnosis, improved treatment, and allowing us to specifically target interventions to one person’s specific presentation, genetics, and where we think the etiology of those symptoms came from.

(4) How big of an impact will your field play in shaping the future of the San Diego region and beyond?

I think that we’re really fortunate to have a very large and healthy neuroscience and neuropsychology research community in San Diego. We have, and I think continually will, play a major role in the future of Alzheimer’s research, particularly assessment, prevention, treatment. There are lots of entities in our area particularly – my colleagues in the department of psychiatry, our Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at UC San Diego, the local as well the national Alzheimer’s Association – that really are on the leading edge of science in this area. Having that locally is a real boon to the folks in San Diego. But I think the influence of the research done here also spreads nationally and well beyond our region.

(5) Hop into your time machine…what does the future look like for this field in 50 years? How can individuals/companies get prepared for what’s next?

We all want to get older but we all want to get older and be healthy. That includes both physical and cognitive health. All the work that’s taking place in things like behavioral health and the focus on the whole person will contribute, not just to people simply living longer, but actually living a better, higher quality of life. Improving aging outcomes in general and then with all this focus on aging and aging well – and then particularly the intense work regarding dementia specifically – I am really hopeful that we might start to see the beginning of a world without Alzheimer’s disease.

Explore the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute courses and programs, as well as tuning into UCSD-TV for cutting edge research about Alzheimer’s discoveries and prevention.

School is in for summer 2015 at Osher

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Kicks Off 2015 Summer Quarter

200469949-001SUMMER 2015 — School may be out for summer for the kids, but not for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC San Diego, where its 800 members are all over 50 years old.

Osher’s learning community is in final preparations for its most exciting 2015 summer quarter yet, with a fresh new slate of classes taught by world-class experts in their fields.

Osher offers an engaging smorgasbord of classes, seminars, lectures, and discussion groups. Distinguished faculty, scholars, and community and national leaders teach a broad array of subjects, including history, art, science, literature, economics, politics, medicine, and more. Additionally, membership allows unlimited access to all programs and attendance to live theater, films, and cultural outings.

This summer, Osher will offer more than a dozen new classes, including a master class series on Franz Schubert to be taught by Gustavo Romero, a music professor and performer The Washington Post calls “a pianist of genius.” Romero will offer insight into Schubert’s life and perform some of the Austrian composer’s pieces.

Osher President Jim Wyrtzen said the curriculum committee is also excited about bringing Rev. Canon John H. Taylor, former chief of staff to President Richard Nixon, to Osher. The lecture, entitled “Secrets of Jackson Place,” will offer insights about Vietnam, Watergate, the evolution of the Republican Party, and Nixon’s legacy. Osher members will also have the opportunity to later visit the Richard M. Nixon Library in Orange County.

“We are also offering courses like ‘Not the Psychology You Thought You Knew’ with Dr. Myles Cooley, which examines the complexities of decision-making, willpower and self-control, and the cognitive-emotional connection,” said Wyrtzen.

“U.S. Coast Guard Captain Jonathan Spaner will share his expertise on the nexus between climate change and national security, and law professor Glenn Smith will give an analysis of the Supreme Court’s most recent term.”

There’s more to Osher than classroom learning, though. “A community of learning is broader than just attending lectures and seminars,” said Wyrtzen. “It is the whole experience we have at Osher.”

He said that what distinguishes Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC San Diego from similar programs is that learning extends beyond the classroom and into fellowship and community. Members get a chance to meet like-minded peers and develop friendships with others who share their interests.

“Our activities encourage us to reveal different parts of ourselves with one another,” Wyrtzen said, citing the Poetry Café where members share their writing and music, and the Craft Fair where they can show their artistic creations.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: ‘It keeps my mind alive’

Stanley Faer: "A lot of people have made new friends, and some romances have even started.”

Stanley Faer: “A lot of people have made new friends, and some romances have even started.”

As part of “Partner Voices,” a sponsored partnership between UC San Diego Extension and Voice of San Diego.org, the civic-issues website periodically posts profiles about Extension’s courses, people, and public programs.

The following feature focuses on The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. A program within Extension, Osher Institute provides educational, cultural, and arts programs for its members aged 50 and over.

Osher Institute, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in May 2014, will host an Open House on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, at 9:30 am. To learn more, CLICK HERE.

By Voice of San Diego, Partner Voices

Prominent men and women regularly come to speak in La Jolla, but without the usual hoopla you probably never heard that they were in town.

People like 1988 presidential candidate Michael Dukakis, “M*A*S*H” executive producer Gene Reynolds, and Nixon Administration counsel John Dean attracted an exclusive audience: members of UC San Diego Extension’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Access to prominent speakers isn’t all the 700 members — each aged 50 and older — get for their annual $255 fee.

The institute offers sophisticated classes four or five days a week all year long, dozens in the fall of 2014 alone, and a huge variety of other activities from luncheons to tours all across Southern California.

“It keeps my mind alive. Nobody’s too old to learn,” said retired CBS director Stanley Faer, a former president of the institute who now serves as treasurer. “The program is very enriching. A lot of people have made new friends, and some romances have even started.”

Osher Institute president Jim Wyrtzn

Osher Institute president Jim Wyrtzen

The institute’s purpose is to provide high levels of intellectual stimulation to retired and semi-retired community members, said retired Navy rear admiral and vice president of the institute Steve Clarey.

“Unlike a lot of learning programs for retirees, ours tends to have a rather academic focus,” Clarey added. “Most of our members, almost 70 percent, have advanced degrees.”

The institute, the original brainchild of current UC San Diego Extension dean Mary Walshok, began boosting the brains of community members about four decades ago.

More recently, The Bernard Osher Foundation has provided valuable financial assistance through donations of $350,000 in grants and a $1 million endowment.

Volunteers manage the institute with the assistance of program manager Amy Patterson. Every member can attend multiple classes at the UC San Diego Extension campus in La Jolla.

“We have classes all over the board in subjects like language, science, medicine, social sciences, politics and current events, law and society, and history,” Patterson said. “We try to develop a curriculum that’s as diverse as possible and pulls from the plethora of wonderful experts we have at the university.”

The courses regularly include lengthy question-and-answer sessions and are designed purely for learning’s sake. There’s no required homework, but institute members are welcome to spend time designing the curriculum and inviting speakers, including a variety of notables from outside San Diego.





Several governors have spoken to institute members along with an Iraqi ambassador to the United Nations and a retired general, and that’s just to name a few.

Now, for the first time, the institute is allowing non-members — anyone from the public — to get a glimpse of its extraordinary education opportunities.

“We’re recording two classes a day, 10 classes a week, and making them available via the Internet,” Faer said.

For $25 per year, an individual can sign up for a remote Affiliate Membership giving them access to the compilation of the recorded classes via the online video library. The institute is also working to bring videos of its courses to senior-living communities so people can benefit even if they’re not able to visit the UC San Diego Extension campus.

The institute, however, continues to focus on serving local retirees in person.

“A lot of people will retire to La Jolla, but not have a base of community and friendship,” Patterson said. “The institute offers a central location to not only meet people, but also broaden your horizons.”

Want to get involved?

Interested individuals can sign up as an Osher member through the website or by calling UCSD Extension Student Services at 858-534-3400.

For a one-time fee, members are offered unlimited access to the entire Osher curriculum – individual class fees and registration are not required. The only exceptions are the two Master Class series, which require a separate registration of $10 per series. Registration for Master Classes opens at 10 a.m. on Dec. 17, 2014.


Osher presents humorist Richard Lederer: ‘You’re only old once’

Richard Lederer: “There is only one way to age – with a smile."

Richard Lederer: “There is only one way to age — with a smile.”

EVENT INFO: Richard Lederer: “The Gift of Age”

  • Thursday, Aug. 21
  • 10 am to 12 noon
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
  • Admission: free to members

Who’s the last word on the English language?

Two words: Richard Lederer.

The best-selling author of more than 40 books devoted to language, history and humor, Lederer will bring his “verbivore” insights, puns and funny bone to Osher Lifelong Learning Institute on Thursday, Aug. 21, at 10 am to 12 noon.

Lederer, who currently writes a weekly Saturday column (“Lederer on Language“) for the UT San Diego, will offer his studied perspective on the life-long adventure of becoming what he terms “chronologically gifted.”

As he puts it: “There is only one way to age – with a smile. If you are able to laugh at yourself, you’ll never cease to be amused. After all, you’re only old once.”

An acclaimed public speaker and the original host of KPBS-FM’s syndicated show “A Way with Words,” Lederer has been honored as Toastmaster International’s Golden Gavel winner and International Punster of the Year.

His presentation is free to Osher Institute members.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is a program within UC San Diego Extension. Current membership includes 700 retirees and semi-retirees over age 50 with a desire to continue their intellectual and social growth.

Osher Institute to provide off-site programs at Belmont Village communities

Belmont Village, Sabre Springs

Belmont Village, Sabre Springs

In an effort to reach out beyond its UC San Diego campus setting, The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute has announced a first-time alliance with Belmont Village and its two senior living complexes located in San Diego’s North County.

Under the arrangement, Osher at UC San Diego, an educational and cultural program for retirees aged 50 and over, will provide on-site presentations offered both to residents and non-residents of Belmont Village communities in Cardiff-by-the-Sea and Sabre Springs.

In a key element of the arrangement, Osher’s new “Affiliate” membership will be made available to Belmont Village residents and non-residents alike for $25 a year.

Affiliate members will have access to Osher’s online video library of lectures and presentations featuring UC San Diego professors and community leaders.

The new program will be officially launched June 18-19 with two on-site presentations by Dr. Henry Powell, M.D., D.Sc., UC San Diego professor emeritus of pathology.

Professor Powell, who received his doctorate of medicine from the University College in Dublin, Ireland, will give lively lectures devoted to one of his favorite topics: “Ireland’s Centenary: An Exploration of Irish History.”

In addition, attendees will hear first-hand from Osher staff members about the new affiliate membership.

“Under this plan, we’re able to extend our programs of life-long learning to more of the seniors we serve,” said James Forcier, director of Osher, a program of UC San Diego Extension. “Belmont Village has a well-deserved national reputation for providing the finest in senior activities, programs, and care.”

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is a program of UC San Diego Extension.

Osher Institute/Belmont Village Cardiff:

  • Wednesday, June 18
  • 3pm- 4:30pm
  • Reservations: 760-436-8900

Osher Institute/Belmont Village Sabre Springs:

  • Thursday, June 19
  • 1:30pm-3 pm
  • Reservations: 858-486-5020


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute marks 40th anniversary in 2014

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UC San Diego will celebrate its 40th anniversary on Wednesday, April 30, from 4 pm to 7 pm, with a by-invitation gala for members and guests.

Expected to attract more than 200 OLLI members, along with instructors and prominent supporters, the 40th anniversary event will be held in the Great Hall at UC San Diego’s International Center.

“This is a milestone that deserves to be recognized beyond our doors,” said President Jim Wyrtzen. “We’ve never been more proud of the high level of intellectually stimulating programs, topics and events we provide for our members.”

Mary Walshok, Associate Vice Chancellor of Public Programs, and Dean of UC San Diego Extension will offer welcoming remarks. Walshok was among the university’s leaders who helped establish a campus-sanctioned learning center for retirees and semi-retirees over age 50, an on-going mission that still prevails.


Keynote speaker will be Mary Bitterman, president of The Bernard Osher Foundation. Mr. Osher, the San Francisco-based philanthropist who has supported the 117 campus-based learning institutes around the country that bear his name, is also expected to attend the 40th anniversary event.

Originally founded in 1974 as the Institute for Retired Professionals, The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC San Diego had modest beginnings, with a handful of classes held at various on-campus locations, off-campus sites and in members’ homes. A year later, with membership at around 50, the name was changed to the Institute for Continued Learning.

The campus’ Osher Lifelong Learning Institute took its current name in 2006, when Mr. Osher added UC San Diego to a growing list of universities to which he had committed financial support for higher education, with an emphasis on the arts.

Following an initial $350,000 gift, The Bernard Osher Foundation has established a sustaining $1 million endowment at UC San Diego. Other local OLLI programs include San Diego State University and Cal State University, San Marcos.

Directed by more than 700 members, UC San Diego’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute offers 32-40 classes each quarter. Subjects include archaeology, science, live musical performances, literature, current affairs, politics, French language classes, along with master classes and lectures presented by UC San Diego faculty members.

Osher discussion features unobtrusive health monitoring

A leading expert in the promising science of electro-physiology, UC San Diego associate bioengineering professor Todd Coleman will discuss the latest breakthroughs in “wearable health monitoring” on Friday, Feb. 7, at 10 am at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).


Todd Coleman

Coleman’s UC San Diego research team has developed an inch-square sensor that remotely monitors vital signs with a miniscule wireless antenna.

Now in testing, this micro-technology could monitor an older patient’s onset of serious conditions such as strokes, seizures and heart attacks. With such valuable data, available in “real time,” doctors would be better able to prevent such ailments as well as provide treatment more effectively and rapidly.

In addition, these tiny sensors could allow expectant mothers – and their doctors — to instantly monitor such data as fetal heart rate and oxygen as well as maternal heart rate, body temperature and uterine contractions.

Offered free to OLLI members and held in Classroom 129, the presentation is part of an on-going series of Distinguished Lectures.