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McLean’s Jacob Holzer, MD, Wins Award for Work in Geriatric Forensic Psychiatry

McLean Hospital’s Jacob C. Holzer, MD, has been named a corecipient of the Manfred S. Guttmacher Award for 2019. A joint award presented by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL), the Guttmacher award has been presented each year since 1975 to recognize published works or professional presentations that contribute to the field of...

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 Hospital – A Leader in Mental Health

As a leader in the field, McLean Hospital is committed to offering world-class patient care, conducting cutting-edge research, and delivering exceptional education for mental health professionals and the general public.

Using New Technology to Track Senior Health

Mounted on the wall in David’s room at an assisted living facility west of Boston is a small, white box. It emits a low hum, but otherwise, it is hard to know it is there. But, while people in the room may not notice the box, the box is noticing everything that goes on in the room. The box houses a highly sophisticated sensor called Emerald, and it is helping clinicians find better ways to...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Tablet Devices Show Promise in Managing Agitation Among Patients With Dementia

A new pilot study led by Ipsit Vahia, MD, medical director of Geriatric Psychiatry Outpatient Services at McLean Hospital, suggests that the use of tablet computers is both a safe and a potentially effective approach to managing agitation among patients with dementia. “Tablet use as a nonpharmacologic intervention for agitation in older adults, including those with severe dementia, appears...

Leaves Are Meant to Fall, Not People: It’s Time to Shake the Tree with Education

Falls are the leading cause of injury and death in older Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More than 2.5 million elderly Americans are treated in emergency rooms for fall-related injuries every year. The CDC also reports that falls were the number one cause of hip fractures in 2014. Falls accounted for $30 billion in medical costs in 2014 and that...

Technology: Modern Help for the Aging Mind

Digital technology isn’t just a domain for younger generations. It also has amazing potential for activating the mind and improving the quality of life in older adults. How do older adults use technology? A common misconception is that older adults are technophobic. One reason behind this thinking may be older people’s relative lack of exposure to technology. Whereas technology is a...

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. Horizons: What are...

Technology Improves Quality of Life for Older Adults

Technology may revolutionize the lives of older adults with psychiatric disorders, thanks to creative research ideas posed by Ipsit Vahia, MD, McLean’s new medical director for Geriatric Outpatient Services. Dr. Vahia is working closely with Dr. Brent Forester on a number of novel studies that explore the use of technology and smart devices to improve assessment of psychiatric symptoms,...

Supporting the Future

Betsy and Ralph Gordon have a list of reasons why they’ve included McLean in their estate plans. Throughout their marriage, they have watched elderly relatives and dear friends cope with Alzheimer’s, and they are optimistic about the breakthroughs being made in McLean’s geriatric research programs. Professionally, Betsy has spent much of her life face-to-face with the...

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....

New Medical Director in Division of Geriatric Psychiatry to Receive Prestigious AAGP Award

Ipsit Vahia, MD, medical director of Geriatric Outpatient Services, has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 American Association for Geriatric (AAGP) Psychiatry Barry Lebowitz Early Career Scientist Award. The award recognizes exceptional academic and research accomplishments in the area of geriatric psychiatry and/or evidence of early career funding from federal or private grant agencies...

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