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Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias of the Elderly: Challenges for Patient and Family

April 9, 2010

Regis College panel free and open to the public

Alzheimer’s is a progressive and fatal disease affecting more than five million individuals, but millions of additional people suffer from other kinds of dementia. Patients and their families struggle to cope with memory loss, diminished intellectual and cognitive capacity, and ultimately a lessened ability to function in their daily lives.

The American Alzheimer’s Association estimates that someone will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease every 70 seconds. While research is advancing the understanding of Alzheimer’s and related dementias, there is still no cure. But there are medications that deal with the symptoms in some patients. Learn more at this lively and informative event at Regis.

Regis College continues its Leadership Series on Health with a Massachusetts Health Reform Update on Wednesday, April 28th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the Upper Student Union Lounge.

Join Moderator Antoinette Hays, PhD, RN, Dean of Nursing and Health Professions, Regis College, Weston, MA, a nationally known expert in gerontology, its diseases and its challenges.

And Presenters

  • Robert J. Schrieber, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Hebrew Senior Life, Boston, MA.
  • Kellie Lavin LaPierre, MS, RN, Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing, Regis College, Weston, MA.
  • Maureen Bierne Streff, EdD, RN, Part time Nursing Faculty, Regis College, Weston, MA.
  • Lisa Robins Kapust, MS, LICSW, Program Manager Cognative Neurorogy Unit, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA.


The Regis College Leadership Series on Health was established in 2007 by President Mary Jane England, MD, in partnership with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. The unique series of lectures designed to challenge the community to develop new skills to build awareness of contemporary health and wellness issues and learn to effect positive change. On October 27, "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder" will be presented, and on November 17, "Preventing Violence Against Women."

The lectures are free and open to the public. Pre-registration by the Friday prior to each lecture is available, and preferred, for nurses and social workers who wish to earn free contact hours. The series is hosted in partnership with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. For more information, call 781-768-7001, or e-mail presidents.lectureseries@regiscollege.edu. Regis College is located at 235 Wellesley St., Weston.

This activity has been submitted to the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses, Inc., for approval to award contact hours. Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses, Inc. is accredited as an approver of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s COA.



Regis College is a Catholic co-educational community that prepares undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students for engagement and service in a changing world. In the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Nursing and Health Professions, approximately 1,600 students are enrolled in 24 undergraduate majors, graduate degree programs in education, communication, leadership and service, health product regulation, public administration and nursing, and a doctorate in nursing practice. U.S. News and World Report ranks Regis in the top tier of universities with master’s programs in the North. The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) lists Regis among benchmarking colleges for the quality of educational experience. The National League of Nursing recently identified Regis College as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education. The College also provides accredited pre-school and kindergarten programs, and a Life Long Learning Program (LLARC) for retired seniors. Visit Regis on the Web at www.regiscollege.edu. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care is a full-service health benefits company serving members throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, and beyond. 
CONTACT: Marjorie Arons-Barron (617) 423-7770; aronsbarron@barronaw.com

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