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Framingham history center to host Alzheimer's, dementia seminar

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  September 7, 2011 01:50 PM

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The Framingham History Center will host an event tomorrow night about dementia and Alzheimer's disease supported by new research from Boston University professors and data derived from the Framingham Heart Study, history center officials said.

Dr. Sudha Seshadri, a Framingham Heart Study investigator and associate professor at BU School of Medicine and BU Alzheimer’s Disease Center, will deliver an hour-long seminar on the data and what it means for the two diseases.

"Heart Study participants and others from the local community can learn about how their data is contributing to research on slowing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia," a statement prepared by the history center said.

The event, "The New Frontier of Slowing Brain Aging - Preventing Dementia," is the second in a four-part series, "Memory and Meaning," produced by the history center.

"As the keeper of the town’s collective memory, the Framingham History Center’s Memory and Meaning Series raises a series of questions as to what exactly is the nature of memory, and how does it function in the life of an individual as well as in a community?" the statement said. "Why do we remember what we remember and why do we forget what we forget? Why does it matter?"

The center has brought in leading authorities from a variety of disciplines to help answer these questions, and discuss the mind and memory from his or her perspective, representing the fields of history, medical research, psychology and the arts, the statement said.

The history center also said they hope to encourage a dialogue on the importance of collective memory and how we choose to memorialize the past, according to the statement.

Thursday's event will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Edgell Memorial Library at 3 Oak Street in Framingham. Tickets are $5 for history center members, and $10 for non-members. Attendees can visit the center's website to purchase tickets, or buy at the door.

The next two events will take place in November and January.

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