Sunday, February 13, 2011

Professors offering free seminars for Healthy Aging Series

Professors offering free seminars for Healthy Aging Series

Misericordia University professors Jim Siberski, M.S., C.M.C., CRmT, assistant professor and coordinator of gerontology education, and Hunter Manasco, Ph.D., C.C.C.-S.L.P., assistant professor of speech-language pathology, are participating in the free Masonic Village at Dallas Spring 2011 Healthy Aging Series at the Irem Country Club beginning in February.

Dr. Manasco is presenting the seminar, “Normal Changes in Cognition with Aging,’’ on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. Dr. Manasco earned his undergraduate degree in English literature with a minor in economics from Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama. He also received a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in communications disorders at the University of Montevallo in Alabama. He completed his doctorate in speech-language pathology at the University of South Alabama.

His areas of specialization include neuroanatomy, aphasia, motor speech disorders, dysphagia, traumatic brain injury, dementia and autism. His primary research interests center on stroke and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation. Dr. Manasco’s current research project concentrates on poetry as language therapy and as a coping mechanism in aphasia. He has also presented numerous papers in his areas of specialty at state and national conferences.