A message from Stacy Pagos Haller
President and CEO, BrightFocus Foundation
This is a difficult time for all of us, as we worry about the health of our family, our friends, our frontline health workers, and our nation. With this in mind, we want to share some key resources that may be helpful.
"Caregiving During COVID-19"
The town hall was hosted by BrightFocus Foundation as part of its effort to provide helpful information for people with diseases of mind and sight. The lively, upbeat discussion was led by MSNBC news anchor, Richard Lui, who is himself a family caregiver. The experts were Jin Hui Joo, MD, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; Sandy Markwood Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging; and C. Grace Whiting, JD President and Chief Executive Officer at the National Alliance for Caregiving.
They discussed the challenges currently facing caregivers across America and offered helpful advice to guide us through the coming months.
"COVID-19 and Older Adults"
The town hall features guests Scott Kaiser, MD, a noted geriatrician and Chief Innovative Officer with the Motion Picture & Television Fund; Art Taylor, CEO of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance; and moderator Cecilia Arradaza, a leading health and science communicator and Executive Director, Strategy, Wondros.
Topics included long-distance caregiving, telehealth, social isolation, anxiety, and other issues disproportionately affecting aging adults.
Some of the same factors active in COVID-19 are also being studied in BrightFocus-funded research--with surprising results. British scientist Patrick Kehoe, PhD, has made groundbreaking discoveries linking hypertension with Alzheimer’s disease, and thinks this new knowledge may be highly relevant to COVID-19 research and vaccine development.
Learn more about opportunities to be a part of developing possible treatments and prevention for the coronavirus.
University of Denver Alzheimer’s researcher Lotta Granholm-Bentley, PhD, DDS, is playing a key role in her community’s medical response to the coronavirus, and working with Colorado seniors to help combat the sense of isolation many are feeling during these difficult times.
As the global coronavirus pandemic began to hit our nation, University of Kentucky Alzheimer’s researcher Donna M. Wilcock, PhD and her team wanted to do something to help their community address the shortage of medical supplies hindering the local response.
Download an infographic of some tips provided by Michael Gorin, MD, PhD of UCLA Health that he shared during a BrightFocus Chat. Dr. Gorin is an ophthalmologist who is devoted to research and clinical care of hereditary retinal disorders, especially age-related macular degeneration, retinal dystrophies and other medical retinal conditions.
Download an infographic of some tips provided by Deirdre Johnston, M.B.B.Ch., M.D. of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine that she shared during a recent BrightFocus Chat. Dr. Johnston is Assistant Professor, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry. Her research interests include memory disorders, aging in place, and outreach mental health care for homebound elders.
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