Late-Life Depression’s Intersection with Cognitive Aging and Dementia
Wednesday, December 20 | 7 p.m.
Clinical studies indicate approximately 40% of those with Alzheimer’s disease suffer from significant depression. Our guest experts will:
- Describe how depression can present in older adults
- Review research results linking depression to cognitive decline and dementia
- Identify common red flags that warrant dementia screening and describe useful screening tests
- Explain how to optimally treat and manage depression in dementia
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Sara L. Weisenbach, Ph.D., ABPP
Chief of Neuropsychology and Director, Mood and Cognition in Aging Lab, McLean Hospital
Department of Psychiatry, Faculty Member, Harvard Medical School
Sara L. Weisenbach, PhD, ABPP, is the chief of Neuropsychology at McLean Hospital, a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist, and a clinical translational researcher. Her career has been based on improving the quality of clinical care for individuals with cognitive and psychiatric concerns through clinical care and innovation, cutting-edge research, education and mentorship, and service to the fields of neuropsychology and geriatric psychiatry.
Dr. Weisenbach is a nationally recognized expert in cognitive and emotional health in older adults. She is president-elect of the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology of the American Psychological Association and co-chair of the Geriatric Mood Disorders Task Group of the National Network of Depression Centers.
Ipsit Vahia, MD
Interim Chief, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, and Director, Technology and Aging Laboratory, McLean Hospital
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Ipsit Vahia, MD, is a geriatric psychiatrist, clinician, and researcher. He is the interim chief of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and director of Digital Psychiatry Translation at McLean Hospital. He is also director of the Technology and Aging Laboratory. His research focuses on the use of technology and informatics in the assessment and management of older adults and currently, he oversees a clinical and research program on aging, behavior, and technology.
Dr. Vahia serves on the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Council on Geriatric Psychiatry and the Geriatric Psychiatry Committee of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has served on the board of directors of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) and on the editorial boards of five journals including his current role as social media editor of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
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