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OLLI Fab Friday – Colon Cancer and Precancerous Polyps, with Dr. Richard Smith

January 24 @ 11:30 am - 1:15 pm

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Fab Fridays at OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville, are free and open to non-members as well as members, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Reuter Center’s Manheimer Room. Bring your lunch or purchase food/snacks at the Reuter Café.

  • January 24: Colon Cancer: Prevention, Screening Choices, Genetic Factors and What to Do if You have Precancerous Polyps, Dr. Richard Smith

Dr. Richard L. Smith is a graduate of Tulane Medical School, Board Certified in Internal Medicine from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, and Board Certified in Gastroenterology and Hepatology from UNC, Chapel Hill. He helped found and practiced at Asheville Gastroenterology Associates for 38 years, retiring in 2015. His talk on colon cancer and precancerous polyps will help people be knowlegdable consumers as they make decisions on how to prevent, treat and survive colon cancer. This lecture is part of OLLI’s Health Education Series.

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  • January 31: Everyone Deserves a Place to Call Home: Habitat’s Vision for Asheville, Andy Barnett

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity has an especially interesting history as one of the first affiliates in the U.S. It has lived the commitment to helping people find safe, affordable housing through a program of volunteerism and community engagement. As one of several organizations in our area envisioning the future of affordable housing, it provides more than green-built homes. Hear about the ReStore and its expansion, as well as how local organizations interact to make a safe home and community a reality. Since joining the Asheville affiliate in early 2016 Andy Barnett, executive director with more than 20 years of Habitat experience, has overseen an expanded advocacy role for Asheville’s Habitat affiliate, as well as increasing a home-repair program and launching an aging-in-place initiative.

  • February 7: Acupuncture Is More Than Just Needles; How to Apply this Ancient Medical System to Your Daily Life, Ashley Kuper, L.Ac., Dipl.OM

Acupuncturist Ashley Kuper will lead a discussion of the foundational treatment principles of acupuncture to unveil both its art and science, covering topics such as tongue and pulse diagnosis, five element theory, and Chinese dietary therapy. Kuper will describe how acupuncture can successfully diagnose and discover the root cause of our imbalances.  She holds a master’s degree in Chinese medicine from Daoist Traditions of Chinese Medical Arts in Asheville. Her passion and areas of expertise encompass pain management, stress relief, digestive disorders, chronic and autoimmune diseases, psycho-emotional issues and overall health maintenance. This lecture is part of OLLI’s Health Education Series.

  • February 14: Blanket Town: The Rise and Fall of an American Mill Town, Rebecca Williams

Beacon Manufacturing of nearby Swannanoa was once the largest maker of blankets in the world, and was described as the “big red thumping heart of Swannanoa.”  The mill closed its doors in 2002, an arsonist set fire to the building shortly thereafter, and the people of Swannanoa realized that the mill and the middle class lifestyle its jobs afforded, weren’t coming back. Filmmaker and oral historian Rebecca Williams, whose documentary Blanket Town examines the complex history of the textile industry in the South and what happens to a community when it loses its economic engine and its heart, will present excerpts from the film and discuss the mill’s legacy and the future of Swannanoa.

  • February 21: The Placebo Effect, Dr. Adrian Sandler

Placebos and placebo effects shine a fascinating spotlight on the human mind in health and illness. Dr. Adrian Sandler, medical director of Mission Children’s Hospital, and UNC associate professor of pediatrics, will discuss the history of placebos in medicine, and cutting edge research regarding the mechanisms of placebo effects. Drawing upon his own research in children with ADHD, he’ll review studies of contemporary therapeutic use of placebos and the associated ethical dilemmas. He will discuss the interest and acceptability of placebo use in health care among health care providers, and some of the barriers to wider efforts to harness the power of placebos. This lecture is part of OLLI’s Health Education Series.




January 24
11:30 am - 1:15 pm




Reuter Center, Manheimer Room