Successful Aging: A Conversation with Daniel J. Levitin, PhD

Barbara Walters Campus Center Room B

Open to the public

/ Tuesday


Renowned neuroscientist, cognitive psychologist, and New York Times bestselling author Daniel J. Levitin, PhD, will be in conversation with John Schaefer, host of Soundcheck and New Sounds, broadcast on public radio WNYC.

Introduction by Concetta Tomaino, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function.

The evening will be a discussion on how to age successfully, definitively refuting the notion that growing older reflects a process of decay. Hear how aging allows us access to a developmental stage rich in cognitive advantages compared to our younger years; one that is, if approached correctly, infused with joy. This is a crucial discussion for anyone who wants to remain healthy, happy, and fulfilled for all their years—that is, of course, all of us.

Q&A and book signing will follow. Womrath’s Books (Bronxville) will have copies of Successful Aging: A Neuroscientist Explores the Power and Potential of Our Lives (Dutton | January 7, 2020) available for purchase at this event.

This event is free and open to the public; on-site parking is available.

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Daniel Levitin is a neuroscientist, cognitive psychologist, and bestselling author. He is Founding Dean of Arts & Humanities at the Minerva Schools at KGI in San Francisco, and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at McGill University. He has written extensively, both in scientific journals and mainstream press, and appears frequently on national media, including The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Fox News Channel, PBS Newshour, and various NPR shows.

John Schaefer is the host and producer of culture and talk show Soundcheck, broadcast on Radio WNYC, as well as the radio program New Sounds, New York Public Radio’s home for the musically curious. He has written extensively about music, was contributing editor for Spin and Ear magazines, and his liner notes appear on more than 100 recordings, ranging from “The Music of Cambodia” to recordings by Yo-Yo Ma and Terry Riley. John is a regular contributor to the World Science Festival and the White Light Festival at Lincoln Center; he has also written about horse racing and was a regular panelist on the BBC’s soccer-based program Sports World.

This event is presented by the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, Wartburg and Sarah Lawrence College. Generously funded by The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe.

The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function's groundbreaking and internationally recognized research, education, and training programs use music therapy to assist the "awakening and healing" of individuals with a wide range of neurological conditions including strokes, trauma, dementia, Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. IMNF is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 1995, and driven by over 35 years of clinical observations on the actual effects of music on individuals who have different types of physical and neurological disorders. Directed by renowned music therapist Dr. Concetta M. Tomaino, the IMNF conducts research on the relationship between music and the brain, provides patients with music therapy, and offers our professional peers around the world the latest music therapy education and training information about best practices. Through the scientific exploration of music and the brain, the IMNF seeks to establish new knowledge and to develop more effective music therapy treatments to awaken, stimulate and heal through the extraordinary power of music.

Wartburg, located in Westchester County, N.Y., offers integrated, comprehensive senior residential and healthcare services. Unlike conventional retirement communities, Wartburg provides a wide range of services to both residents living on their beautiful 34-acre campus and people in their own homes. From independent, assisted living and award-winning nursing home care to inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation, home care and adult day care services, their continuing care approach has earned them a trusted reputation in Westchester. Wartburg also provides caregiver support at every stage with an array of options to find the level of care that considers the whole family. Wartburg was named one of the “Best Nursing Homes in New York State” by U.S. News & World Report for the ninth consecutive year in 2019.