Long-time Wayland resident Álvaro Pascual-Leone, medical director of the Hebrew SeniorLife’s newly renamed Deanna and Sidney Wolk Center for Memory Health, is known for his research and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
In addition to being critical, Pascual-Leone’s work is timely as there are currently more than 5 million Americans aged 65 and over living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Unfortunately, experts expect this number to triple in the coming years.
As a clinical neurologist specializing in cognitive and behavioral neurology, Dr. Pascual-Leone on the characterization and promotion of brain health over the entire lifespan and the minimization of disabilities in patients with neuropsychiatric disorders as well as on insights into the function of the human brain. He is the author of more than 800 scientific papers.
“Brain health is something we cannot take for granted,” said Dr. Pascual-Leone, who was born in Spain but has lived in Wayland for 20 years, where he and his wife Elizabeth raised their three children. “We have to look at brain function and the prevention of diseases like Alzheimer’s much earlier. We should all have regular brain exams, just like we do an annual general health review. “
According to Dr. Pascual-Leone, there are six key lifestyle components that help maintain brain health and reduce a person’s risk of cognitive decline – social engagement, mental stimulation, physical activity, healthy eating, stress management, and memory. Improving sleep practices.
Dr. Pascual-Leone is known for his holistic approach to addressing the needs of Alzheimer’s and other dementia sufferers and their carers. The isolation, stress, and loneliness of patients also affect their families and caregivers, who are themselves at greater risk of stress, anxiety, depression, and poor quality of life, and who are often not given the support they need.
It was his vision to expand the services and support at the Center for Memory Health (especially for caregivers and family members) that recently inspired Deanna and Sidney Wolk to donate $ 5 million to the center.
The Wolk Center leverages innovative research with programs and services to strengthen brain function resilience through evidence-based treatments that strengthen and expand patients’ cognitive abilities.
The Wolk Center offers behavioral and cognitive neurology consultations to assess cognitive function, identify early signs of dementia, correct behavioral changes, diagnose and treat conditions, and recommend personalized interventions and lifestyles. In addition, the center offers management for cognitive health and dementia care.
For more information about how you, a family member or loved one can obtain services, visit hebrewseniorlife.org/wolkcenter or call 617-363-8600.
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