Why do some people stay intellectually sharp into their 90s, while others have memory problems?  Is there anything we can learn from their lifestyles that can help everyone age successfully?

These are among topics scheduled for the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging’s Markesbery Symposium on Nov. 3-4.  Keynote speakers are: Dr. Claudia Kawas of the 90+ Study which explores the fastest-growing age group in the U.S. and Rachel Whitmer, a national expert on risk factors for dementia, including obesity and diabetes.

“Typically we focus on who gets dementia and why, but we can learn just as much from the people who DON’T get Alzheimer’s,” said Linda Van Eldik, director of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging. “We are delighted to bring two national experts to Lexington to continue this discourse.”

The scientific session will be 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 3 in the UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital Pavilion A Auditorium. To register for the Scientific Session or call (859) 323-5474.

The Community Session will be 8:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Lexington Convention Center’s Bluegrass Ballroom.  It will feature an “Ask the Experts” segment where participants can ask questions of Whitmer, Kawas, and researchers from the UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging.

Registration is required. Call (859) 323-5474.



Magnolia Springs Assisted Living & Memory Care is hosting a Fall Ball on November 9. (DJ, Dancing, and Tours Available). RSVP to 859.629.1090.



Morning Pointe Presents The Best Friends Approach with Virginia Bell on November 15 at Noon. Bell received her MSW from the University of Kentucky in 1982 and her B.A. from Transylvania University, Lexington, KY in 1944. She developed one of the first dementia-specific day centers in the country opening in 1984 using the Best Friends approach.

She has lectured widely on the Best Friends approach to dementia care at national and international conferences, speaking at twelve National Education Conferences of the Alzheimer’s Association and lecturing at the last twenty seven conferences of Alzheimer’s Disease International. She has co-published journal articles and book chapters, notably in Dementia Care: Patient, Family and Community (Johns Hopkins, 1989).  Each tour guest will receive a copy of her co-authored book The Best Friends Approach to Dementia Care. Lunch will be served. For more information, call (859) 721-0350.



On December 8, 2017 9 am the Alzheimer’s Association will host a program specialized for family caregivers and will offer information about Alzheimer’s disease and caregiving, in addition to providing an opportunity to reflect, regenerate, and gain a new perspective on your caregiving issues.  Local and statewide experts who specialize in aging and Alzheimer’s care will present topics that are valuable to family caregivers of persons with dementia. This training is designed specifically for family caregivers and is therefore not open to those who are professional caregivers.  Jointly sponsored by the UK Sanders Brown Center on Aging, Baptist Health Medical Group Neurology, and the Alzheimer’s Association. Registration is required; deadline December 1, 2017. To register, call 1-800-272-3900. (Alzheimer’s Association  2808 Palumbo Drive)


 This article also appears on page 14 of the November 2017 printed edition of the Hamburg Journal.

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