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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...

McLean’s SHAPE Course Promotes Healthy Brain Aging for Seniors

Starting in late April, the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at McLean Hospital will begin offering six-week courses to help older adults and their adult children find ways to age successfully and promote healthy brain function. Called “Successful Healthy Aging: Prevention and Education” (SHAPE), the course teaches how lifestyle choices, nutrition, medical management, exercise, stress...

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...

Looking Toward the Future: Older Adults and Mental Illness

Through innovative initiatives and the integration of clinical care and research, Brent P. Forester, MD, MSc, chief of McLean’s Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, is looking to improve mental health care for older adults—something that is important now, more than ever as America’s population continues to age. “There’s still so much to learn about older people and...

Q & A: Brent P. Forester, MD, MSc, Chief of the Center of Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry

With the August 2015 launch of the Center of Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry, the hospital completed its strategic goal of fully integrating patient care, research, and educational activities into seven programmatically-based centers. We sat down with the new center’s chief, geriatric psychiatrist Brent P. Forester, MD, MSc, to talk about his goals for the future. Brent P. Forester, MD...

Philanthropy Drives Research in Geriatric Psychiatry

Like so often in philanthropy, the Rogers Family Foundation’s giving began with the personal and grew into something far-reaching and sustaining. The “personal” was the relationship the late Jacqueline Rogers, who suffered from dementia, developed years ago with her geriatric psychiatrist, Brent P. Forester, MD, MSc, who today is chief of McLean’s Center of Excellence in...

How to Build a Strong Partners-ship

As an avid runner and diehard Red Sox fan, Brent P. Forester, MD, MSc, is no stranger to challenges. It was no surprise when he was asked, in 2015, to take on two taxing but critical roles—chief of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at McLean Hospital and medical director for Behavioral Health within Population Health Management at Partners HealthCare—that he eagerly said yes....

Depression Screening for All Adults Deserves a Thumbs Up

This week, the US Preventive Services Task Force recommended that primary care physicians screen all adult patients, including pregnant women and new moms, for depression, and that’s good news for improving quality of care and quality of life for individuals and their families while also helping to contain health care costs. What is Depression? Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad, but...

Brent Forester Named Chief of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry

Brent P. Forester, MD, MSc, who was recently featured on the television program Chronicle discussing depression, has been named Chief of the McLean Hospital Division of the Geriatric Psychiatry. Dr. Forester will continue to serve as the director of the Geriatric Mood Disorders Research program. With the development of the DGP, McLean has completed its strategic goal of fully integrating the...

National Influence: McLean Leaders Focus on the Big Picture

As psychiatric leaders in clinical care, research and education, McLean Hospital clinicians are often asked to lend their expertise and their guidance to local, regional and national organizations with missions that are similar to the hospital’s. Christine Tebaldi, RN/NP, is no stranger to crisis. In her role as director of Community Hospital Programs for McLean, where she oversees...

Rogers Family Foundation: Supports Cutting-Edge Geriatric Psychiatry Research

Depression was ruining the life of an elderly woman with dementia who was being treated at McLean’s Geriatric Psychiatry Unit—just as these illnesses bring suffering to so many others. After standard treatments failed, a course of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) finally brought relief. To the clinicians’ surprise, the ECT also reduced the agitated and aggressive behaviors that...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...