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Tuesday, September 19 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Successful Aging in Dementia: Pitfalls and Promises

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Successful aging has been well-characterized for older individuals with normal age-associated problems, but does the concept even apply when someone has a progressive dementia? Similarly, most life cycle theories have a lot to say about aging individuals up to and until they suffer from more severe conditions such as dementia, but what happens afterward? Do they still even apply at that point? My answer is that it is possible to characterize an optimal life course for those with dementia, including healthy lifestyle factors such as physical and mental exercise, adequate sleep, and nutrition, as well as more transcendent strengths such as wisdom, resilience, and creativity. This understanding is critical to enabling mental health professionals to both humanize and help their patients with dementia.

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Marc Agronin, MD

Vice President, Behavioral Health and Clinical Research, Miami Jewish Health; Affiliate Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Marc E. Agronin, MD, is a board-certified Adult and Geriatric Psychiatrist and the author of the... Read More →

Tuesday September 19, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
Hall E-1 The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Boulevard New Orleans, LA 70130