Expert Roundtables on Alzheimer’s Caregiving
To encourage and empower caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, new ideas and science updates will be presented in a series of roundtable discussions. Each program is 30 minutes long and will be streamed live. Pre-registered attendees will have access to Q&A and participate in polls.
Self-care—Enhancing the caregiver’s quality of life
Felicia Greenfield, MSW, LCSW, Penn Memory Center
Barry J. Jacobs, PsyD, Health Management Associates
Moderator: Katie Brandt, MM, Massachusetts General Hospital
Felicia Greenfield, Executive Director of Penn Memory Center, and Dr. Barry J. Jacobs, noted clinical psychologist, family therapist and author, talk about why the caregiver’s wellbeing should receive high priority. They review health outcome statistics related to caregiver self-care, identify barriers to self-care, and suggest strategies for overcoming them.
Alzheimer’s treatment—Beyond plaques and tangles
Steven E. Arnold, MD, Harvard Medical School
Stephen M. Strittmatter, MD, PhD, Yale School of Medicine
Moderator: Lena Chow, Bob’s Last Marathon Foundation
Listen and learn as Dr. Arnold and Dr. Strittmatter share their views about the current state of development in Alzheimer’s therapeutics; updates on what we know about the contributions from inflammation, vascular injury, and fundamental cell biology processes such as metabolic stress, protein misfolding, and synaptic plasticity; progress in biomarkers and their role in drug discovery; and ongoing clinical trials that portend a future built on a deepening knowledge about the disease.
Felicia Greenfield, Executive Director of the Penn Memory Center, and Stefanie Bonigut, formerly Family Services Manager with the Alzheimer’s Association, share real-life stories and tips on how to deal with difficult behaviors and communicate effectively and compassionately with our loved ones as the disease progresses. They will offer ideas on activities that can enrich day-to-day living, as well as caregiver resources online and in our communities.