In a Wealth Matters column in The New York Times, stories from financial advisers illuminate the challenges for patients and their families. You can read the column here.
On February, 23, 2015, the Penn Memory Center at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine will be moving down the hall to the new Penn Neuroscience Center.
Our address remains the same:
Penn Memory Center at the Penn Neuroscience Center
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
3400 Civic Center Boulevard, South Pavilion, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Join us on May 5, 11:30am – 5:00pm, for the Institute on Aging’s Sylvan M. Cohen 2015 Annual Retreat: “Aging with Financial Security: Addressing the Challenges of Cognitive Aging and Impairment.”
A rapidly aging U.S. population means older adults’ financial well-being and security is becoming an urgent public health concern. The five million people living with Alzheimer’s disease dementia are vulnerable to financial abuse or exploitation, or bad financial decisions. In addition, age-related cognitive changes also put older adults at risk. These problems are especially significant as older adults may have limited time or capacity to recover financial losses. “Aging with Financial Security: Addressing the Challenges of Cognitive Aging and Impairment” will examine the nature and scope of the problem, its challenges, and possible solutions. Experts in adult protective service, academics, advocacy and government will present cutting edge research and innovative solutions to support the financial well-being of older adults.
For more information email Aging@mail.med.upenn.edu or call 215-898-7801.
The deadline to participate in the poster session is April 24, 2015.
Philly Voice recently published a feature about ARTZ Philadelphia’s program to connect dementia patients with art, and its partnership with the Penn Memory Center. Felicia Greenfield, associate director for clinical and research operations at the Penn Memory Center, was interviewed for the article about funding issues in Alzheimer’s research and care.
To read the article, click here.
A New York Times article looks at the debate about whether people who develop dementia can use “voluntarily stopping eating and drinking” (VSED ) or other strategies to end their lives by including such instructions in an advance directive.
Dementia rates and numbers have begun a steep ascent, already afflicting an estimated 30 percent of those older than 85. Baby boomers are receiving a firsthand view of the disease’s devastation and burdens as they care for aging parents.
To read the article, click here.
Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Stacey Burling interviewed Penn Memory Center research participants and clinicians in her article about the Anti-Amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic Alzheimer’s (A4) Study, entitled “The risk of knowing: Alzheimer’s research volunteers.“
The A4 Study is a historic clinical trial to see if an experimental drug can protect healthy seniors whose brains harbor silent signs that they’re at risk. Ms. Burling spoke with Myrna Roach and Donald Jackson about why they chose to enroll in the study. She also spoke with Jason Karlawish, MD, associate director of the PMC about his A4 sub study which measures how disclosure of study participants’ amyloid status impacts them.
You can read the article here.
Interested in enrolling in the A4 study? Click here for more information.
The Penn Memory Center has launched a new Brain Health Research Registry. By enrolling in the Penn Memory Center’s Brain Health Research Registry you can play a vital role in research. The Registry serves as the research recruitment resource for investigators at the Penn Memory Center who are studying brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, which affects over 5 million people in the US.
The Penn Memory Center Brain Health Research Registry is a confidential database that is made up of people like you who have volunteered to consider participation in research studies. We will contact you periodically with a list of research studies that you may consider joining. Participation is always optional and all information is kept confidential.
Writer Deborah Fries, a contributor to Penn Memory Center’s InSight newsletter and the makingsenseofalzheimers.org website, is teaching an online class, “Writing the Medical Narrative,” this winter through the Loft Literary Center.
“Medical narratives are often passports to otherness, transporting us deep into the far country of an illness,” Ms. Fries says. “And like all good travel writing, they rely heavily on description to delineate a foreign terrain or to resonate with those who have already traveled there.”
“To understand the otherness of an illness or the unseen microscopic works of the body,” she adds, “writers rely on figurative language. The poetic metaphors, similes, and practical analogies that we make give our writing its tone, its heft—and most of all, its agency to affect the reader.”
To learn more about the class, visit the Loft Literary Center.