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Gray Matters

Gray Matters indicates the steps people can take to preserve the health of their brain as they age and is the focus of a television documentary on Wyoming Public Television.

Video: Gray Matters

University of Wyoming and statewide experts share positive messages about the aging brain in this 30-minute documentary, "Gray Matters: Exploring the Mature Mind," produced by the Wyoming Geriatric Education Center (WyGEC), now the Wyoming Center on Aging (WyCOA), in the University of Wyoming College of Health Sciences.

University of Wyoming personnel featured in the documentary include Deb Fleming, WyGEC founding director; Christine McKibbin, WyGEC director and assistant professor in the UW Department of Psychology; Dr. Kristina Stefka, former faculty physician at the UW Family Practice in Cheyenne; and recent social work department graduate Pat Engler-Parish.

WyGEC produced the documentary with financial support from the University of Wyoming Division of Social Work, Richard Chatham, the Wyoming Department of Health Office of Multicultural Health, and Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. The documentary was made with in-kind support from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Wyoming and the St. John's Institute for Cognitive Health in Jackson.

To request a DVD, contact the WyCOA office at or 307-766-2829.

Video: Surprising Life of the Grown Up Brain

Following a second airing of Gray Matters, on November 10, 2011, Wyoming PBS interviewed four experts, including Deb Fleming, on Wyoming Perspectives. Bob Beck moderates, and panelists include Dr. David Wheeler, Neurologist; Dr. Deb Fleming, Director of WyGEC; Alice Burron, exercise physiologist and wellness specialist with Wyoming Health Fairs; and Tim Summers, director of AARP Wyoming. Topics include misconceptions about the aging brain, keeping the brain healthy, and Alzheimer’s disease.

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