Goddard House Hosting Presentation and Discussion on Emotional Health, Loneliness and Social Engagement in Older Adults

Studies of older people have shown that good mental health and greater social
engagement are markers of resilience in aging and may be protective against
cognitive decline. Some studies suggest that treating psychiatric symptoms may
also be protective.

Dr. Nancy Donovan, Director of Geriatric Psychiatry at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, will discuss these findings and her own research that is part of the Harvard Aging Brain Study, a longitudinal study of 270 cognitively healthy older adults. The presentation and discussion will take place at Goddard House Assisted Living in Brookline.

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 6-7:30 pm Free of charge
Refreshments will be served from 6-6:30 pm
Talk with discussion runs 6:30-7:30 pm
Goddard House Assisted Living
165 Chestnut Street, Brookline, MA
Please RSVP to Patti Barrows, pbarrows@goddardhouse.org
or call her at 617-731-8500 (during weekday business hours 7 am-4 pm)

Dr. Donovan will present recently published work describing emotional, social and cognitive function in older adults and how they may be impacted by brain changes due to Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Donovan is Director of Geriatric Psychiatry at BWH where she provides
clinical care for patients with late-life psychiatric and cognitive disorders. Her
research investigates brain changes associated with emotional and behavioral
symptoms in aging and early Alzheimer’s disease. These studies examine
traditional psychiatric symptoms, such as anxiety and depression, and nontraditional
symptoms such as loneliness and social withdrawal.

More info is available on the flier for this event here.

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