DU Logo in PNGA study from a leading academic medical center suggests that seeking higher education and intellectual activity can play a role in preventing cognitive decline in senior citizens, including those at high-risk for dementia. To encourage the benefits of life-long learning and stimulate the minds of mature adults, Conservatory Senior Living is bringing Discovery University to Austin, Texas.

Discovery Senior Living established Discovery University in 2010 to bring a unique senior educational experience to the communities it serves, and is pleased to bring this concept to Austin once again.

“Life-long learning greatly benefits the cognitive abilities of the aging population, and Discovery University provides a fun and stimulating lecture series that will give listeners a deeper insight into what is going on in the world while also enjoying engaging activities and thought-provoking group discussions,” said Thomas Harrison, CEO and founder, Discovery Senior Living.

Free and open to the public, Discovery University’s program titled “Lectures on The Modern Middle East” will be led by Professor Philip Leto III, J.D., chairman of the education department at Discovery University. Leto began his career as an attorney in both public and private practices, then followed his passion for researching and communications by becoming a lecturer and educator.

Classes begin Thursday, Sept. 24 and run monthly through Dec. 10 at Conservatory at Wells Branch located at 14320 Tandem Blvd. in Austin and participants are asked to call 512-388-2759 to register and receive more information.

Leto’s discussion will examine how the historic “Cradle of Humanity” has become the geopolitical challenge of the 21st Century and will include discussions on the following: ­ The Creation of the Modern Middle East; ­The Arab Spring; Iran, the Bomb, Israel and the Middle East; and What Exactly is Sharia Law?

About Conservatory Senior Living Communities

Conservatory Senior Living offers affordable, all-inclusive luxury independent living for active seniors. Each of its five communities feature a Grande Clubhouse with resort-style amenities, chef-prepared gourmet meals, a full calendar of recreational and social activities and professional team serving residents 24 hours a day. Locations include Wells Branch in Austin, Keller Town Center and Plano in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and Champion Forest (Spring) and Alden Bridge (The Woodlands) in the Houston area. Conservatory is managed and operated by Discovery Senior Living, developers and operators of numerous award-winning senior living communities across the Southern United States. For more information, visit www.ConservatorySeniorLiving.com.