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Cavanaugh Lecture/Communication & Privacy in Aging Families

Released: 02/19/2008

Dr. Loretta Pecchioni will present "Communication and Privacy in Aging Families" at the Cavanaugh Public Lecture Series sponsored by LSU at Alexandria at the Alexandria Museum of Art on Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

A decorated professor of communication studies at LSU, Pecchioni will focus on adult children assisting older parents, power shifts and autonomy in changing family dynamics, and questions concerning privacy. The presentation includes video clips to dramatize key points.

"This presentation is extremely relevant to a significant and growing segment of our population," said Dr. Kevin Ells, event coordinator and assistant professor of communication studies at LSUA. "Dr. Pecchioni is an expert on this topic, and the audience will come away with an understanding of the communication issues that are present at this time in people's lives."

Pecchioni has written numerous articles on health and family communication, and her textbook "Life-span Communication" examines how language skills, interpersonal conflict management, and relationships develop and change throughout life.

Pecchioni also will speak at LSUA at noon in the Coughlin Hall science auditorium on "Health Literacy and Patient Communication." She will discuss the importance of social support networks in managing health, emphasizing health literacy among patients and families, and the role of nurses in health literacy. The noon lecture is sponsored by the Upsilon Tau chapter of Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honor Society and the Department of Arts, English and Humanities. The public is invited, and there is no admission charge.