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McLean Researchers Lead ECT Study for Alzheimer’s Patients With Aggression

Researchers at McLean Hospital will lead a five-year study to investigate the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) to treat severe agitation and aggression in people with Alzheimer’s disease. The study was made possible by a five-year grant, expected to total $11.8 million, from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) under award number R01AG06110001. Part of the National Institutes of Health,...

Is Alzheimer’s Disease a Disorder of Energy Metabolism? New Study Shines New Light

A team of investigators from McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School, led by Kai-Christian Sonntag, MD, PhD, and Bruce M. Cohen, MD, PhD, has found a connection between disrupted energy production and the development of late-onset Alzheimer’s disease (LOAD). The findings appear in the current issue of Scientific Reports. “These findings have several implications for understanding and...

McLean Researchers Uncover Security Issues with Health Apps for Dementia Patients

Use caution when entering personal health information into a convenient app on your mobile device, because not all apps are created equal when it comes to protecting your privacy, warns McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School clinicians. In a recent paper, a team of McLean Hospital researchers reported that many health apps designed to assist dementia patients and their caregivers have...

Alzheimer’s Disease: The Search for Hope

Love took center stage when Scott Cummings met Janet Morrison some 25 years ago in Pittsburgh. Both were theater professors at Carnegie Mellon University. Eventually, their careers led them to Massachusetts to take up similar positions at Boston College and Brandeis University. But recently, their life-script took a dramatic turn. “About five years ago, Janet was cast in a major role for a...

McLean Partners with Alzheimer’s Association to Help Improve Access to Patient Care and Family Resources

A pilot program between McLean’s Memory Disorders Assessment Clinic, part of the Geriatric Psychiatry Outpatient Services, and the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire chapter, is being launched this month to help expedite care and resources to patients and their families. Called the Dementia Care Coordination (DCC) program, made possible by the George Frederick Jewett Foundation...

Dr. Jim Ellison Weighs In on the New Film “Still Alice” and its Portrayal of Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease

By James M. Ellison, MD, MPH Julianne Moore’s stunning portrayal of a linguistics professor with early onset Alzheimer’s disease in the movie “Still Alice” is sure to increase public awareness of a neuropsychiatric disorder that has become one of the top causes of death in the United States. Five percent of people afflicted with Alzheimer’s show mental deterioration before age 65 and while...

Successful Healthy Aging: Prevention and Education (SHAPE) Brain Health Course: September 5-October 10 Session

This 6-week educational course focuses on techniques to promote healthy brain aging and is ideal for older individuals and/or their adult children. Taught by McLean Hospital clinicians, SHAPE’s curriculum is based on scientific evidence regarding topics that have been shown to contribute to brain health. Through lifestyle choices, medical management, and use of cognitive strategies, course goals...

Successful Healthy Aging: Prevention and Education (SHAPE) Brain Health Course: June 6-July 18 Session

This 6-week educational course focuses on techniques to promote healthy brain aging and is ideal for older individuals and/or their adult children. This 6-week educational course focuses on techniques to promote healthy brain aging and is ideal for older individuals and/or their adult children. Taught by McLean Hospital clinicians, SHAPE’s curriculum is based on scientific evidence regarding...

Successful Healthy Aging: Prevention and Education (SHAPE) Brain Health Course: June 13-July 25 Session

This 6-week educational course focuses on techniques to promote healthy brain aging and is ideal for older individuals and/or their adult children. Taught by McLean Hospital clinicians, SHAPE’s curriculum is based on scientific evidence regarding topics that have been shown to contribute to brain health. Through lifestyle choices, medical management, and use of cognitive strategies, course goals...

Successful Healthy Aging: Prevention and Education (SHAPE) Brain Health Course: April 25-May 30 Session

This 6-week educational course focuses on techniques to promote healthy brain aging and is ideal for older individuals and/or their adult children. Taught by McLean Hospital clinicians, SHAPE’s curriculum is based on scientific evidence regarding topics that have been shown to contribute to brain health. Through lifestyle choices, medical management, and use of cognitive strategies, course goals...

“Healthy Brain Aging and Alzheimer’s Dementia: Is Prevention a Reality?”

Brent P. Forester, MD, MSc, McLean Hospital Join Newton-Wellesley Hospital and Good Shepard Community Care for this special talk, part of Partners in Caregiving, a free community lecture series that aims to provide education and support for caregivers and individuals facing the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease and dementias. Q & A session will follow the lecture and self-care tips will be...

Successful Healthy Aging: Prevention and Education (SHAPE) Brain Health Course: August 22-September 26 Session

This 6-week educational course focuses on techniques to promote healthy brain aging and is ideal for older individuals and/or their adult children. Taught by McLean Hospital clinicians, SHAPE’s curriculum is based on scientific evidence regarding topics that have been shown to contribute to brain health. Through lifestyle choices, medical management, and use of cognitive strategies, course goals...

Successful Healthy Aging: Prevention and Education (SHAPE) Brain Health Course: May 2-June 6 Session

This 6-week educational course focuses on techniques to promote healthy brain aging and is ideal for older individuals and/or their adult children. Taught by McLean Hospital clinicians, SHAPE’s curriculum is based on scientific evidence regarding topics that have been shown to contribute to brain health. Through lifestyle choices, medical management, and use of cognitive strategies, course goals...

Darrick T. Balu, PhD

Darrick T. Balu, PhD, grew up in New York City where he earned his undergraduate and Master’s degrees. After receiving his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, he was awarded the Division 28: Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Psychological Association. Dr. Balu joined McLean Hospital as a post-doctoral fellow in 2008, was promoted to...

Brent P. Forester, MD, MSc

Brent P. Forester, MD, MSc, is the chief of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at McLean Hospital and medical director for Behavioral Health in the Center for Population Health Management at Partners HealthCare. Dr. Forester is an expert in geriatric psychiatry, specializing in the treatment of older adults with depression, bipolar disorder, and behavioral complications of Alzheimer’s disease...

Michael A. Jenike, MD

Dr. Michael Jenike is the founder of the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Institute at McLean Hospital and the Obsessive Compulsive Disorders Clinic and Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Jenike is recognized as a world-renowned researcher, having published over 200 articles on obsessive compulsive disorder, geriatric...

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