St. John's Cognitive Health will host the sixth annual Cognitive Health
Speaker Series on June 8 and 9, in partnership with the University of
Wyoming’s Center on Aging. This year’s featured speaker is
Dan Press, MD, a neurologist and memory loss expert from
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard University teaching hospital.
On Thursday, June 8, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at Teton County Library, Dr.
Press will present "Taking Charge! How to Utilize the Tools for Memory
Retention." Studies show that lifestyle interventions can significantly
lower the risk of developing memory loss. To date, the most effective
programs are multimodal and integrate exercise, specific dietary adjustments,
cognitive activities, and management of cardiovascular risk factors. Dr.
Press will describe Harvard’s “Brain Fit Club,” St.
John’s “BrainWorks” and other programs designed to promote
brain health in an engaging way.
On Friday, June 9, Dr. Press will present "Good News in Memory Loss
Research" from 12:00 to 1:30 pm at Teton County Library. Promising
new therapies are underway to help prevent and slow memory loss. With
advances in determining the neural networks that are damaged, the possibility
of noninvasive brain stimulation offers a new treatment pathway. Dr. Press
will report on encouraging studies to date on Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
(TMS), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), and other brain
stimulation techniques. These techniques can be combined with cognitive
exercises to help improve specific cognitive functions. The presentation
will be followed by a Q&A session with Dr. Press and Martha Stearn,
MD, director of St. John's Cognitive Health.
Both presentations are free and open to the public, and refreshments will
be served. No RSVP is required.
Dr. Press’s clinical and research interests are in neurodegenerative
conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease,
and Lewy Body diseases. He has published extensively on these subjects
and is currently conducting research projects funded by the National Institutes
of Health, the Harvard Center for Neurodiscovery, and other foundations.
There are now 10,000 Wyomingites suffering from Alzheimer’s disease
and other dementias (up from 7,000 in 2000), and the number is anticipated
to rise to 15,000 by 2025. Wyoming’s 114% increase in AD prevalence
is one of the highest projected percentage changes in the nation, behind
only Utah, Alaska and Colorado. (Source: Alzheimer’s Association,
alz.org.) Nationally, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s
disease (AD), and by 2050, that number is projected to reach 13.5 million.
Preventive measures and early diagnosis are essential to managing memory
loss and its enormous toll on families and communities.
Further details about the Cognitive Health Speaker Series are available at
St. John's Cognitive Health or by contacting event coordinator Annie Riddell at 307 690 5284 or
Media Contact: Karen Connelly at 739-7390 or email
ABOUT ST. JOHN’S COGNITIVE HEALTH
Since 2009, St. John's Cognitive Health, a service group of St. John's
Medical Center Physician Practices, has been actively engaged in raising
public awareness about memory loss and cognitive impairment. The clinic
provides assessment, treatment, and care planning for those suffering
from memory impairments, as well as support services for families and
ABOUT ST. JOHN’S MEDICAL CENTER
St. John's Medical Center in Jackson, Wyoming, offers patient-centered
clinical excellence and community wellness services through a full-service
hospital, primary care, and specialty physician practices, and a long-term
care Living Center.
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objectives of St. John’s Medical Center, including patient-centered
care, clinical excellence, and community wellness.