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The University of Rochester School of Nursing Office of Alumni Relations cordially invites you to the following lecture and lunch:  "Self-Care for the Caregiver of a Loved One with Dementia: Why and How?" Kathi Heffner, PhD Associate Professor of Nursing, Medicine, and Psychiatry

Kathi Heffner joined the School of Nursing faculty in 2016 after eight years as a faculty member in the UR Department of Psychiatry, where she maintains a secondary appointment. Dr. Heffner is also the associate chief of research for the Division of Geriatrics & Aging in the Department of Medicine, supporting multidisciplinary aging research within the division and across the University of Rochester.

Prof. Heffner's research centers on how social, psychological, and behavioral factors promote or impair physiological stress adaptation and immune/inflammatory regulation. In particular, she is interested in the implications of stress for healthy aging; the influence of sleep on stress physiology and clinical symptoms, including chronic pain and trauma-related symptomatology; and the role of social relationships in stress and health links. Her work has been supported by multiple organizational, NIH and other federally funded grants. Prof. Heffner currently has funding from the National Institute on Aging to test behavioral interventions to reduce stress and strengthen immune function in caregivers of a family member with Alzheimer’s disease.

A boxed lunch will be served. Space is limited and advance registration is required. 

The deadline to register is December 11, 2018.  

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