Public Lectures

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Stein Institute for Research on Aging and Center for Healthy Aging offer free public lectures promoting physical and mental well-being and staying active throughout​ life. Join us for this popular series with renowned researchers and clinicians sharing their expertise with the lay community.

Lectures are held on the UC San Diego campus (DIRECTIONS & PARKING INFORMATION). These lectures are videotaped and air on UCSD TV and online, approximately two months after the lecture. This popular series has been viewed over 21 million times!

Upcoming Public Lectures: 

March 2018: Creativity and Aging: The Story Behind "The Geeze and Me" 

Presented by Nancy and Hedges Capers

Garren Auditorium                                                                                                                                                               RESCHEDULED: March 21, 2018, 5:30 pm

Five years ago a La Jolla couple in their late 60's set about writing a musical. You've likely seen her as an actress in films like "Pretty Woman."  Nancy Capers, 68, résumé lists credits as an actress, produced screenwriter, director, teacher, all of which she left to fulfill a career as a Marriage and Family Therapist, until the notion of a musical grabbed her attention. Her husband, Hedges Capers, 72, was also a former therapist, after a career as a recording artist in the 60s and 70s, and a staff writer at A & M in the 80's and a behavioral consultant until retirement this year. Their musical about is aging, "The Geeze and Me" premiered in San Diego earlier this year to a sold out run.  It was to represent the good, the bad, and the unexpected about getting old or as one viewer said "It's what happens after you grow up."  There is no "use by" or expiration date on creativity… come hear the story of this creative effort.


August: Depression and Bereavement in Later Life

Presented by Sidney Zisook, MD

Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, UC San Diego

Liebow Auditorium, UC San Diego
August 16, 5:30 pm

Depression is a common problem among older adults, but it is not a part of normal aging.

Learn more from a leading researcher on mental health and aging, Sidney Zisook, M.D. Dr. Zisook is Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry at UCSD and Director of the University of California, San Diego Residency Training Program. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley and his medical degree from Stritch-Loyola, Chicago. He completed his residency in Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and was a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School.


July: NASA's Twin Study

Presented by Brinda Rana, PhD

Associate Professor at Stein Institute for Aging

Garren Auditorium, UC San Diego
July 12, 5:30 pm

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If you are interested in sponsoring a Stein Public Lecture, please contact Danielle Glorioso, LCSW at or 858-246-0767.