A Crash Course in Aging: Spring 2018

May 2, 2018

On April 4, nine speakers shared their interests and knowledge about a wide range of topics related to older adults and aging – all in five minutes or less!

This was the third Crash Course in Aging event hosted by the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at the Institute for Public Health. The Friedman Center aims to highlight the diversity of aging experiences and interests at Washington University in St. Louis and the broader community via its seminars, events, and communications. The event is meant to address this aim in a fast-paced format.

The evening began with six Ignite-style presentations. The tagline for Ignite Talks is “enlighten us, but make it quick” — the five-minute presentation format dictates that each speaker is only allowed 20 slides, which are set to automatically advance every 15 seconds. Speakers included Washington University faculty, graduate students, and representatives from various St. Louis community organizations.

Towards the end of the evening, interests relevant to aging were communicated at an even faster pace when the audience was introduced to a shorter presentation format. The event’s three final speakers were Washington University graduate students who participated in the Friedman Center’s inaugural Three Minute Thesis (3MT) in Aging competition in March. The 3MT format was developed in 2008 by the University of Queensland and is intended to help students communicate ideas or research topics they are passionate about to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes, with one static slide.

The diversity of topics and perspectives showcased at Crash Course in Aging ensured that every audience member left the event having gained new insights about taking care of their health and wellbeing, making plans for the future, and forming meaningful relationships across generational boundaries.


  • More Than Just Pretty: Clothing Innovation for Aging | Mary Ruppert-Stroescu, Washington University in St. Louis, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
  • On Being an OLDer Student at Washington University | Lynne Johnson & David Habif, Washington University in St. Louis, Brown School
  • A Pal We All Need: Palliative Care | Kim Gladstone, Gateway End-of-Life Coalition
  • Learning to Fall | David Marchant, Washington University in St. Louis, Arts and Sciences, Performing Arts Department
  • Aging to 100 & Beyond: Maintaining a Healthy Brain | Monique Williams, VITAS Healthcare–St. Louis
  • Sharing Spaces: Connecting Students and Homeowners to Reduce Housing Costs | Brandon Sterling, Skinker DeBaliviere Community Council
  • Exercise & Alzheimer’s Disease | Marta Stojanovic, Washington University in St. Louis, Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences  (3MT)
  • Another Year Older, Another Year Wiser? Emotion Regulation Strategy Selection and Flexibility Across Adulthood | Lameese Eldesouky, Washington University in St. Louis, Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences (3MT)
  • To Thine Own Self Be True: Choosing and Communicating End-of-Life Care Preferences | Meghan McDarby, Washington University in St. Louis, Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences (3MT)

You can view videos of the presentations HERE.