12th Annual WinterFest 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

8:45 a.m.   Registration, Vsit Display Table & Continental Bbreakfast
9:30 a.m.   Welcome and Announcements
9:45 a.m.   Program (with 15 minute break)
Noon          Program Concludes

Time is Brain
Presenter:  Joseph Adel, MD, Neurosurgeon 

Each year, about 795,000 Americans have either a new or recurrent stroke. Every 40 seconds, someone in this country suffers a stroke. It is the fourth leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability in adults in the United States. Dr. Joseph Adel, a new neurosurgeon with St. Mary’s of Michigan Neurosurgery Associates, will share how “Time is Brain” in dealing with strokes. He’ll discuss hemorrhagic strokes, review some of the intracranial pathology and help you recognize the alarming symptoms.  A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel ruptures and blood accumulates in the tissue around the rupture. This produces pressure on the brain and a loss of blood to certain areas.  Dr. Adel, who joined Dr. E. Malcolm Field and Dr. Naman Salibi this past August, is the region’s only dually trained neurosurgeon in endovascular interventional procedures as well as open vascular surgeries.

10:45 a.m.            Break

11:00 a.m.            Program Continues

Get Back into Life with Healthy Knees and a Strong Back
Presenters:  Dan Scheffer, MSPT, MTC and Brent Betzold, MSPT, MTC

Knee pain and back pain are some of the most common reasons why people visit their physician in the United States. Dan Scheffer and Brent Betzold, physical therapy specialists regarding knee and back pain, will identify exercises, stretches and activities that can get you back into doing the things you love. They have over 30 years of combined experience in treating people of all ages for knee and back pain and returning them to activities such as walking, climbing stairs, running, golf, tennis, swimming, and other recreational exercise. You will learn specific techniques to manage, prevent and protect yourself from injury.


Alzheimer’s Research Update
Presenter:  Gary Dunbar, Ph.D., Executive Director Field Neurosciences Institute 

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that damages and eventually destroys brain cells, leading to memory loss and changes in thinking and other brain functions. It usually develops slowly and gradually gets worse as brain function declines. Currently, there is no cure, but neuroscience research efforts are under way, right here in Saginaw, to develop effective treatments and ways to prevent the disease. Researchers with Field Neurosciences Institute (FNI) are actively engaged in research projects that advance the boundaries in neurosciences, specifically with Alzheimer’s disease.  Gary Dunbar, Director of the Neuroscience Program and Brain Research and Integrative Neuroscience (BRAIN) Center at Central Michigan University and executive director of FNI, will share some of the recent research he and his team are conducting. Researchers at the University of California, Davis, are translating research ideas generated in FNI labs to the clinic in hopes of offering the world’s first effective treatment for Huntington’s disease. The basis of this therapy should be readily transferrable to other neurological disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease.



OLLI Monthly Meetings 
Agenda for all Meetings:


8:45 a.m.                   Registration, Socializing & Continental Breakfast
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.      Announcements & Program

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Police Brutality & Detroit’s Black Freedom Struggle in the Interwar Years

This talk by SVSU history professor Ken Jolly examines police brutality against African Americans in Detroit in the first half of the twentieth century.  This appalling wave of “official police murder” helped galvanize the city’s civil rights forces to challenge local political power while laying the foundation for the post-war Black Liberation Movement.  This earlier movement fused local police brutality with colonialism, growing hostilities in Europe, and lynching in southern U.S. states which informed African American demands for political power, self-defense, and self-determination.  Examining this history of police brutality and the movement to end it helps sharpen our understanding of police violence in the 21st century.  Dr. Jolly joined the SVSU faculty in 2004.  He teaches courses in African American History, the Black Power and Civil Rights Movements and U.S. History.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 

Live Authentically!

Working without purpose and meaning, our lives can grow empty and lifeless.  Too often people have a vision for the life they desire, but they just can’t seem to grasp the “how” and find themselves stuck in their fears.  Am I good enough?  Can I afford to change?  What will people think?  In this lively and thought provoking talk, Beth Bryce will encourage you to get out of your routine and start living what’s in your heart.  You’ll learn strategies to embrace risk and let go of fears that are blocking you from realizing your dreams.  Beth is the Director of Career Services at Northwood University, a Certified Motivational Career Coach, and the founder of Girls to Woman Coaching.  She is also one of the co-authors of Women on Fire: 21 Inspiring Women Tell Their Life Secrets.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Lullabies of Broadway!

Join Jim Hohmeyer and friends for this fun and entertaining monthly meeting.  We’ll travel down the great white way of Broadway from the 1920s to the present with Jim and singers from the Midland Center for the Arts (MCFTA).  You’ll hear showstopping songs from Gershwin to Sondheim in this lively one-hour program.  Jim is the conductor emeritus of the Rochester Symphony Orchestra and the Director of Choral Programs and Music Theatre for the MCFTA.  In 2010, he was the conductor of the Hollywood Concert Orchestra on a national tour with Shirley Jones in A Night at the Oscars.  Dexter and Laura Brigham will be joining Jim on stage.  They are new residents of Midland.  Dexter is the managing director of the Center Stage Theaters and Choirs and Laura is a professional actress and director.  Both of them have been on national Broadway tours and on Broadway.