Transforming Memory CareThrough education, collaboration, and support
After my husband’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis, the DCC support group helped me cope with my new responsibilities and accept the uncertainty of what’s to come."
About the Dementia Care Collaborative
The Dementia Care Collaborative was created to educate and support patients, caregivers, healthcare providers, and the community. Dedicated team members offer opportunities for learning and connecting across the hospital and into the community at large. We are here to teach new ways of understanding dementia, how to best communicate and partner with those with dementia and offer support and guidance for caregivers to feel empowered to foster their own wellbeing and resilience.
The Dementia Care Collaborative is part of the MGH Division of Palliative Care & Geriatric Medicine and is an umbrella for the Dementia Caregiver Support Program and the Memory Care Program.
The Dementia Care Collaborative has been funded by the generosity of supporting individuals and foundations including the Jack Satter Foundation and The Bresky Foundation since its inception in 2017. Please give today to support our mission to transform memory care.
Conversations With Caregivers
Personalized Approaches to Prevention and Treatment of Dementia
Steven E. Arnold, MD
Professor of Neurology
Some modest decline in memory and thinking is universal in older adults. But cognitive changes that progress into “mild cognitive impairment” (MCI) or dementia indicate a brain
disease. There are many diseases that can cause MCI and dementia, the most common being Alzheimer’s disease, vascular disease and Parkinson’s-related conditions. Dr. Arnold will help us understand the many factors that contribute to MCI and dementia, and advise how we may use this knowledge to personalize care for prevention and better treatment.
Dr. Arnold has conducted longstanding research on neurodegenerative disease pathology, molecular biomarkers and therapeutics for cognitive decline and psychiatric syndromes in late life and has led broad clinical and translational research programs.
Join us Tuesday, June 20, 2023 at 5:30 – 7:00pm EST via Zoom.
Health and Resiliency
Poetry Slam for Caregivers
Kim Willment, PhD
Do you believe in the healing power of words, writing, and creativity? Join us for an evening of poetry and short stories in our Poetry Slam! Come read original pieces or share published pieces that have moved you or simply just listen. Come to witness others’ healing work. Come to be with people who are on this journey with you, whether you are experiencing cognitive changes or caring for someone with cognitive changes.
Kim Willment PhD, is a board-certified neuropsychologist in the Department of Neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is the Director of the Resilience through Neurologic and Emotional Wellness – RENEW Program. RENEW offers a range of comprehensive care programs to promote recovery and adjustment to neurologic illness/injury and support brain and emotional wellness for people with neurologic disorders.
Join us Tuesday, June 6, 2023 at 5:30pm – 6:30pm EST.
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