SeniorBridge Presents Dr. Peter Whitehouse Author of "THE MYTH OF ALZHEIMER'S" at Lecture and Book Signing Thursday February 21st
(FORT LAUDERDALE, FL) February 7, 2008
World-renowned Neurologist & Expert on Brain Aging to Share Leading-Edge Thinking & Hopeful Message For Professionals & Caregivers at Nova Southeastern Univ. Public Forum
Peter J. Whitehouse, MD, PhD, an internationally-known neurologist, expert on brain aging and author of the new book “The Myth of Alzheimer’s” (St. Martin’s Press, Jan 2008) will deliver a talk on his leading edge research, as well as his innovative and hopeful approach to the various dementia-related conditions that have come to be known as Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Whitehouse, Professor of Neurology at the University Memory and Aging Center, Case Western Reserve University, serves on the Professional Advisory Board of event sponsor SeniorBridge. The lecture and book signing is free to the public. It will take place on Thursday, February 21 from 2:45 to 5 p.m. at Nova Southeastern University Health Professions Division in the Morris Auditorium, 3200 S. University Drive, Fort Lauderdale. Registration begins at 2 p.m. Call 954-431-0660 for reservations as space is limited. (Ed: www.themythofalzheimers.com www.seniorbridge.com)
The event is being presented by the Fort Lauderdale office of SeniorBridge, a specialized organization that manages complex chronic care in the home and other settings. Co-sponsors are Nova Southeastern University Geriatric Resources, Education and Training Center, Leeza’s Place at Memorial Hospital Pembroke, and Elder Law Associates, PA.
“Dr. Whitehouse redirects our focus away from the fear of the Azheimer’s diagnosis and helps us to come to terms with the reality of brain aging that every human being experiences to a greater and lesser degree,” said SeniorBridge Chief Professional Officer, Claudia Fine. “In keeping with SeniorBridge’s commitment to remaining in the vanguard of thought, ensuring quality of life and providing premium in-home care, we are pleased to have him here to share his important ideas with caregivers and health professionals in southern Florida – where this issue is of particular importance.”
“The Myth of Alzheimer’s” tells the fascinating story of how a single “peculiar” medical case observed by Dr. Alois Alzheimer in 1906 became known as a full-blown disease that has grown into a $100 billion a year marketing and research juggernaut, with more than 25 million people afflicted worldwide.
The book challenges the conventional wisdoms and assumptions about Alzheimer’s disease (AD). It offers a better understanding of AD -- what Alzheimer’s is and isn’t and who stands to gain from the Alzheimer’s label. Dr. Whitehouse tells how to steer clear of the AD diagnosis, maintain brain function and enhance the quality of life as we age, deriving meaning rather than dread from the aging process. “What’s called Alzheimer’s disease is not a singular condition, but a heterogeneous set of conditions with a diversity of causes,” said Dr. Whitehouse. “Seeking a ‘cure’ for what is a normal aspect of aging is not nearly as helpful as caregivers, physicians and other health professionals recognizing how to better engage and integrate into daily life those experiencing severe brain aging.” Dr. Whitehouse will be giving a second lecture at Broward Health North Broward Medical Center, 201 East Sample Road, Deerfield Beach on Friday, February 22 at 9:30 a.m. For further information and reservations call the Healthline, 954-759-7400.
About Peter J. Whitehouse, MD, PhD
Dr. Whitehouse, one of the best known Alzheimer’s experts in the world, specializes in neurology with an interest in geriatrics and cognitive science and a focus on dementia. He is the founder of the University Alzheimer Center (now the University Memory and Aging Center) at Case Western University. His most recent work includes ethics, integrative health care, and quality of life. He serves on the Alzheimer’s Study Group headed by former Senator Bob Kerrey and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. With his wife, Dr. Whitehouse founded The Intergenerational School in Cleveland, Ohio, a not-for-profit charter school dedicated to life-long learning for people of all ages (www.tisonline.org.)
SeniorBridge, founded in 2000 and with offices throughout the United States, is a provider of care at home for clients who have complex chronic health conditions. The company’s unique approach addresses the total well-being of clients and their families through a comprehensive program that includes assessment, planning, service coordination, advocacy and direct care by a multidisciplinary team led by a geriatric care manager. The full range of services is personalized according to the level of need and preference. The SeniorBridge program is especially beneficial for patients with complex problems, including chronic, multiple medical illnesses and memory disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease; patients who require close oversight and management of care.
SeniorBridge is a knowledge-based professional organization that benefits from the support of its advisory board of internationally-known experts on geriatric issues.
SeniorBridge has its corporate headquarters at 845 Third Avenue, New York NY 10022. Among its 15 locations, five are located in the State of Florida in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Fort Myers and Naples. For further information visit www.seniorbridge.com
. For event reservations call 954-431-0660.