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November 21, 2008 - Acompáñenos en Nuestra Lucha por Erradicar la Enfermedad de Alzheimer

The PENN Memory Center at the University of Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the University of Puerto Rico and the Alzheimer’s Association of Delaware Valley, is honored to host a presentation by Dr. Irving Vega on Friday, November 21, 2008.

Dr. Vega’s presentation stresses the importance of Alzheimer’s research and how it can be especially beneficial in the Latino community. Dr. Vega explains why participation in screenings is valuable. Leading literature in the field of Alzheimer’s research indicates that the age of onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia among Latinos is considerably earlier than in those of other ethnic backgrounds. Not only is this a personal problem, but it is quickly becoming a major public health problem, as Latinos are one of the fastest growing populations in the United States.

This talk will be delivered in Spanish. A continental breakfast will be served from 8:30 to 9:00 am, and Dr. Vega’s presentation, “Alzheimer’s Disease in the Latino Community: Benefits of Research” will follow.

Salvation Army
3150 North Mascher Street
Philadelphia, PA 19133

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November 20, 2008 - CNDR 8th Annual Retreat

The Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research will host their 8th annual retreat on Current Research in the Genetics of Neurodegenerative Diseases. This will be held at the University of Pennsylvania's BRB II-III Auditorium from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. This event is free to the general public (seating up to 250).

Speakers at the retreat will be:
Christine Van Brockhoven, PhD, DSc
Michael L. Boehnke, PhD
Hakon Hakonarson, MD
Vivianna Van Deerlin, MD, PhD
Andy Singleton, PhD
Gerard D. Schellenberg, PhD

Click to download the registration form or the poster session form.
Registration and poster submission deadline is November 13, 2008.
For more information, please contact Kevin Davies at 215-662-4474.


October 25, 2008 – Thank You Breakfast

On Saturday, October 25th, from 9 am to 12 noon, the Penn Memory Center hosted a Thank You Breakfast for participants of research studies and their informants and families. This was held at the Inn @ Penn.

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May 6, 2008 – 2008 Sylvan M. Cohen Annual Retreat with Poster Session on Aging

On Tuesday, May 6th, from 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm, the University of Pennsylvania Institute on Aging will hold the 2008 Sylvan M. Cohen Annual Retreat with Poster Session on Aging. This year's topic is Focus on Healthy Brain Aging. A number of prominent speakers in the field will present the latest findings on efforts to help make brain health last a lifetime.

The public is welcomed at this even, but you must register. See more about the program and register at Poster Session on Aging.


April 28, 2008 – Symposium on Voting and Cognitive Impairment at University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Dr. Jason Karlawish will be presenting on the topic of Facilitating Voting Rights for Persons with Cognitive Disabilities.


April 11, 2008, Vermont Mobile Polling Project

Vermont Mobile Polling Project Group members met at the Ralston House in Philadelphia to identify and overcome voting process barriers for cognitively impaired citizens who reside in long term care facilities. Pictured left to right are Robert Boruch, PhD (University of Pennsylvania); Charles Sabatino, JD (American Bar Association); Vermont Secretary of State Deborah Markowitz; Jason Karlawish, MD (University of Pennsylvania); Mark Cary, PhD (University of Pennsylvania); Laiza Otero (United States Elector Assistance Commission); and Jon Rubright (University of Pennyslvania).


April 11, 2008, Friday 8pm to 9pm – WHYY TV 12 Live Broadcast Alzheimers: Are We Prepared?

Dr. John Q. Trojanowski, Director of the University of Pennsylvania's Alzheimer Disease Center recently appeared as a panelist in this forum discussing preventative measures, current treatments and other related topics. WHYY's Tracey Matisak will moderate the event and will engage a panel of experts in dialogue with the studio audience. As audience participants, family members of two PENN Alzheimer's Disease Center patients, Mr. William Wiggins, who cares for his wife, Kathy, and Mrs. Renee Packel, who cares for her husband, Art, will offer their insight on the tremendous impact the disease has on the lives of patients and those who love and care for them. Video segments that will be part of this even are taken from two educational videos produced by the University of Pennsylvania Alzheimer's Disease Center, funded through a grant from the MetLife Foundation, for use in the NIA funded Alzheimer's Disease Centers like ours across the nation.

The town meeting will air live on WHYY TV12 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a live webcast at Live WHYY-TV Town Meeting: Alzheimer's: Are We Prepared?. The program is described on the WHYY website at WHYY TV 12.

Prior to airing the live Town Meeting, WHYY will also rebroadcast its original production Circle of Love: Living with Alzheimer's, which takes an intimate look at the lives of two local caregivers and their families. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. We hope you will tune in. For more information on Alzheimer's research, visit the The University of Pennsylvania's Alzheimers Disease Center.


April 7, 2008 – WHYY Radio Presents Voices In The Family

On Monday, April 7, 2008, Dr. Jason Karlawish was a guest on WHYY radio's "Voices in the Family," hosted by Dr. Dan Gottlieb. He was joined by Clair Day, President of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. The discussion was on research, treatment and care giving in Alzheimer's Disease.

You can download the audio of this broadcast at http://www.whyy.org/91FM/voices.html. The program will also re-broadcast Sunday, April 13, at 6:00 a.m.


January 31, 2008 – Senate Committee on Aging, Washington, DC

Jason Karlawish testified to the Senate Committee on Aging at a hearing titled "Older Voters: Opportunities and Challenges for the 2008 Election" chaired by Chairman Herb Kohl (D-WI).

Click here to link to the Senate Committee on Aging web site to view the web cast.

Click here to read the Associated Press (AP) “American Voters Getting Older” about the hearing on the NY Times web site.

Check back for a copy of his testimony.


November 3, 2007 – Alzheimer's Association's “We're on the MOVE to End Alzheimer's” Memory Walk

Mirna Negrón, Program Social Worker, provided information about our center at the Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter's Multicultural Outreach Program tent at Citizen's Bank Park while our staff participated in the walk.

Patricia, Mirna, Jessica, and Naya

Felicia, Christine, Hannah, and Mirna


September 8, 2007 – ADC PMC Research Participant Thank You Breakfast

The clinicians and researchers of the Penn Alzheimer's Disease Center and Penn Memory Center welcomed research participants and offered sincere thanks for participation in our efforts to understand, better treat, and someday even prevent Alzheimer's disease.



July 14, 2007 – Latino Town Meeting on Alzheimer's Disease

Read all about it in the El Sol Newspaper (Spanish)


May 24, 2007 – Free seminar on Dementia

Thursday, 10 am 11 am

Dr. Karlawish discussed dementia and answered questions about dementia at
Haddington Multi-Services for Older Adults
5331 Haverford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19139
(215) 472-6600


June 2, 2007– Latinos in Philadelphia: Enjoying Our Health
                        in the Outdoors

Saturday, 9 am 2 pm
Lighthouse Field, Front Street and Erie Avenue, Philadelphia

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA), Health Partners, St. Christopher’s Hospital and The Lighthouse están orgullosos de patrocinar la sexta conferencia organizada por el Comite de Oro de la “Iniciativa Latina” para los latinos en Filadelfia entre los 55 años o más. “Disfrutando de Nuestra Salud Al Aire Libre” evento que se efectuará el sábado 2 de junio del 2007 de 9:00 a.m. a 2:00 p.m. en el Parque de Pelota del Lighthouse localizado en la Calle Front y la Avenida Erie, Filadelfia. Será un día lleno de entretenimiento, talleres de salud, arte y exhibiciones. Toda la información será en españ ol. Para más información y asegurar su participación en este evento gratis llame a Maria Adames y Dennisse Bones Santiago al 215-227-2400 ext 2434.

Visite la mesa del  Penn-Centro para la Memoria, donde estará nuestra tabajadora social, Mirna Negrón. Ella estará disponible para preguntas, proveer información acerca de la enfermedad de Alzheimer y podrá darle una cita para una evalución inicial gratis de la memoria.


September 16, 2006 Successful Aging, for Mind and Body
Dr. Jason Karlawish discussed "Successful aging for the mind" at this seminar presented by the Divison of Geriatrics.

Other topics included successful office visits, heart and bone health, sleep disorders and better vision.
Read and download the speaker notes

Audience comments:

“…this seminar was very, very superior in the selection of topics and quality of the presentation.”

“Well organized presentations!”

“Dr. Karlawish – great presenter, wonderful sense of humor”

If you are interested in sponsoring a Successful Aging for Mind and Body seminar at your site, please contact Debbie Polekoff by phone at 215-662-4418 or by email debbie.polekoff@uphs.upenn.edu

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