VA Palo Alto Health Care System
VA Palo Alto Health Care System Hosts Memory Care Resource Fair
May 20, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kim Betton, (650) 285-7487, Kim.Betton@va.gov
For Veterans and members of the local community who are coping with dementia, memory loss, or other cognitive impairment.
Palo Alto, Calif., May 20, 2019 – In service to our Veteran families and members of the local community coping with dementia, memory loss, or other cognitive impairment, the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) Dementia Committee will be hosting its annual Memory Care Resource Fair, Thursday, May 30th, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., at VA Palo Alto Division, 3801 Miranda Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304 in the Ed Stallings Auditorium (Building 101, Room B1-100). Nearly 900 people have attended our past fairs and we look forward to providing valuable information and resources on aging and memory care to all who plan on attending this year.
Millions of Americans have some form of dementia, with Alzheimer’s disease being the most common. It is estimated that 5.8 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s; a large majority of whom are over the age of 65. As the size and proportion of the population age 65 and older continues to increase, the number of Veterans and other Americans impacted by dementia will continue to grow.
"Memory care resources are very important to our aging community. This event will provide valuable information, leading-edge technology, and dedicated VA staff and community partners ready to answer your questions," said VAPAHCS Director Tony Fitzgerald III.
Join the VA and participating agencies to kick-off Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month in June by learning about resources including: Adult Day Health Care and Home Health Aide, Behavioral Management and Challenges, Caregiver Support, Safety and Suicide Prevention, Creative Experiences, End-of-Life Planning, Nutrition, Home Telehealth, Medication Management, Clinical Research Opportunities, Respite Services, and Driver Safety.
Additionally, several dedicated community partners will be represented at the fair including the Alzheimer’s Association, Family Caregiver Alliance, Institute on Aging, Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, County Veterans Service Offices, Social Security Office, and the Public Guardians Office.
Dr. Joy Taylor, Ph.D., and researchers at the VA Palo Alto Medical Center and Stanford received a grant from the National Institute on Aging to investigate a new, non-invasive, non-drug therapy called repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) to improve memory in older adults with significant memory problems. rTMS is a safe, noninvasive treatment on the leading edge of research for improving memory and thinking in older adults. While results from earlier studies researching rTMS for memory and thinking have been promising, there are many questions left to be answered about how best to perform the therapy so that it is as effective as possible. To address some of these questions, the VA study will be larger than other studies published to date and employ leading-edge technology to tailor the rTMS therapy to each study participant.
Media planning to attend the event, please contact VAPAHCS Public Affairs Office at (650) 858-3925.
About VA Palo Alto Health Care System
The VA Palo Alto Health Care System consists of three inpatient facilities located at Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Livermore, Calif. Also, there are seven outpatient clinics in San Jose, Capitola, Monterey, Stockton, Modesto, Sonora and Fremont, Calif. These nationally-recognized facilities provide award-winning medical care and cutting-edge technology. Along with its academic affiliate at the Stanford University School of Medicine, the more than 6,200 staff and volunteers operate nearly 900 beds, including three nursing homes and a 100-bed homeless domiciliary, showing its more than 85,000 enrolled Veterans that they are “Serving those who Served.” Visit us on the web at www.paloalto.va.gov. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.