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Protecting Memory and Cognition: Simple Steps Everyone Can Take
Length: 1 Hour


Understanding how biological and environmental factors influence the unfolding of cognitive changes as we age may provide strategies to protect memory and cognition.  This lecture highlights cutting edge research directed towards prevention of AD as well as epidemiological research that identifies factors that positively or negatively influence the risk of dementing illnesses.

This content is suitable for both beginning and intermediate levels.  There is an introduction to cognitive changes as we age, which is necessary and appropriate for beginners.  It also applies to intermediate levels as it expands upon the introductory level, focusing on prevention of AD and factors that influence the risk of dementing illness.

Joanna Frankel

Joanna Frankel is a graduate of Towson University with her Bachelors in both Psychology and Gerontology. Following, Joanna obtained her MSW from the University of Maryland School of Social Work with a clinical concentration and a focus in Aging. Since, Joanna has been working in the long-term care setting for over 15 years. Her experience includes directing the social work department in a 205-bed facility, with clients who have a variety of mental health issues, long term care needs, at end of life, on dialysis and who are ventilator dependent.  Additionally, Joanna is passionate about and has expertise in dementia, advance directives/end of life and mental health issues in the elderly. Furthermore, she has spent the last 10 years consulting in several nursing homes, educating social workers on the proper practices of long-term care while providing clinical supervision. Joanna has always educated interdisciplinary teams, patients and families on various topics on aging. When Joanna isn’t working, you can find her playing ball with her husband and 2 boys or at the nearest sushi restaurant.


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