Alzheimer’s Education Series
10:00am | Woman’s Club Room | No Charge | Pre-Registration Required
The Neuropsychiatric Research Center of Southwest Florida presents these free monthly educational workshops, open to caregivers, family members and all those interested in attending. There will be time for questions following the discussion on the topics presented.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Quest for the Cure: Alzheimer’s Disease - Research and Lifestyle Factors
Keynote Speakers from the Neuropsychiatric Research Center of Southwest Florida: Angel C. Duncan, M.A., MFT, ATR, Director of Education/Clinician
Alzheimer’s currently affects 5.3 million Americans and 44 million worldwide, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Unless a cure is found, more than 16 million Americans will have the disease by 2050. In this session, learn about ways to reduce the risk of memory loss and protect the brain, and receive information on the latest research into Alzheimer’s disease, including details on current clinical research trials being done here in Southwest Florida. Located in Fort Myers, the Neuropsychiatric Research Center of Southwest Florida has conducted over 130 FDA-approved clinical research trials since 2001 related to neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders.Register
Feature Presentation: Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory
2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award Winner
Thursday, March 22, 2018 | 5:00pm | Auditorium | No Charge
Why do musical memories linger long after other memories have faded? Could something as simple as music be a saving grace? These questions are at the heart of Alive Inside, a documentary that looks at music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Art to Life: The Transforming Nature of Arts Therapy
Keynote Speaker: Angel C. Duncan, M.A., MFT, ATR, Director of Education/Clinician, Neuropsychiatric Research Center of Southwest Florida and the Executive Arts Director at Cognitive Dynamics
Scientists have discovered that Alzheimer’s disease normally spares, to a very large extent, the parts of the brain related to emotions, creativity and creative expression. While no drugs yet exist that can effectively prevent or cure Alzheimer’s disease, it is becoming increasingly evident that initiatives that help people with Alzheimer’s get involved in music, art and other creative activity obtain surprising results. And it’s not just about helping people with dementia – arts therapy is also about helping caregivers and individuals with other forms of cognitive impairment. In addition to education on arts therapy, this session will provide information on interactive applications and holistic measures for those with neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, stroke and traumatic brain injury. Don’t miss the special screening of Alive Inside, an uplifting cinematic exploration of music and the mind on Thursday, March 22, at 5pm in the auditorium!Register