- On Saturday, October 5 we presented the live Staying Sharp program at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta as part of the AARP Life@50+ conference. Scroll through this Storify post for a collection of tweets and photos from the session. You can see Storify posts from previous Staying Sharp sessions at storify.com/dana_fdn .
- Here's some background on our panelists:
Patrick Griffith, MD, FAAN is a Professor of Clinical Medicine and the Chief of Neurology at Morehouse School of Medicine. His specialties and expertise lie in Neurology and Internal Medicine. Dr. Griffith has also been a member of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives since 2009. This was the fourth time Dr. Griffith participated as a panelist in the Staying Sharp program, and the second time in 2013.
James Lah, MD, PhD is the Associate Professor of the Department of Neurology, Director of the Cognitive Neurology Program, Vice Chair of the Department of Neurology and Alice and Roy Richards Professor and Chair at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Lah leads laboratory research devoted to the care of patients with Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases.
- Included in the brain primer, both panelists shared encouraging information about the plasticity of the human brain.
- After briefly introducing some brain basics, our panel of experts began to discuss normal versus abnormal changes in memory as we age.
- After discussing a few signs of abnormal changes in memory, the panel discussion turned towards dementia, Alzheimer's, stroke and other neurodegenerative diseases. This was an area of concern for the AARP audience.
- After providing the audience with information on the neurodegenerative diseases and disorders, Dr. Griffith and Dr. Lah closed out the session with a more positive message, the four factors to Staying Sharp!