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Alzheimer’s Disease Virtual Symposium

The Impact of COVID-19 on Individuals Living with Alzheimer’s Disease

Presented by Stony Brook Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease

Friday, November 5
8 – 11 am

Webinar will be held via Zoom. Earn CMEs, NCPDs, CEUs. Registration information to follow.

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The COVID pandemic presents unique risks to people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia from higher rates of psychiatric symptoms to neuropsychiatric disturbances, social isolation and grief. This symposium will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on prevalence, risk factors, and types of psychiatric signs and symptoms. It will also review potential treatments to improve these symptoms and offer providers and caregivers helpful resources, cognitive exercises and coping skills to improve the physical and mental health of these individuals. 

All healthcare professionals and members of the community are invited.


Post-acute Cognitive Symptoms and Potential Mechanisms in SARS-CoV-2 Infection and Relationships to Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias
Sara Weisenbach, PhD, ABPP
Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health
Stony Brook Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease, Stony Brook Neurosciences Institute

This presentation will summarize what is known about the most common cognitive problems in post-acute SARS-CoV-2, discuss potential causes for cognitive changes in older adults and describe new longitudinal studies that will monitor cognitive symptoms and neurobiology in post-acute SARS-CoV-2.

Psychiatric Symptoms Associated with COVID-19 in Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias
Nikhil Palekar, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Director, Geriatric Psychiatry
Medical Director, Stony Brook Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease, Stony Brook Neurosciences Institute

This presentation will discuss the prevalence, risk factors, types of psychiatric manifestations and its impact on individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias along with potential treatments to ameliorate these symptoms.

Grieving During The Pandemic And The Role of Palliative Care In Helping Care for Alzheimer’s Patients and Their Families Affected By COVID -19
Grace La Torre, DO, MS
Director, Palliative Care Service, Stony Brook University Hospital
Program Director, Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship
Director, Hospice & Palliative Medicine Education and Clerkships
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology and Oncology, Stony Brook Medicine

This presentation will discuss the natural process of grieving, the impact of the pandemic on this process and the role of palliative care in helping support these patients and their families.

Neurocognitive Health
Nicole Absar, MD
Diplomate, Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry
Board Certified by American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology
Clinical Assistant Professor, Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University
Stony Brook Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease, Stony Brook Neurosciences Institute

The link to this course will be sent to the email used to register.

This is a free educational opportunity. This Alzheimer’s Symposium is supported in part by a grant from the New York State Department of Health.


About the Author

New York Trend is a weekly news publication that focuses on issues and lifestyles of the African & Caribbean American communities throughout the New York metropolitan area and Nassau and Suffolk Counties of Long Island. It is a respected and well recognized news publication that has been in existence since 1989. Owner, Publisher and Executive Director, Dr. Teresa Taylor Williams has been at the helm of this award-winning publication since its inception. New York Trend continues to be the only black woman-owned, metropolitan newspaper in New York and Long island. New York Trend is the largest black-owned newspaper throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.

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