Alzheimer’s is an insidious presence in the community. The dreaded “A” word looms large in the minds of many. You will be hard pressed to walk a block without encountering Alzheimer’s disease at work. It is in Vermont cities, towns, and neighborhoods. Think of the your harried neighbor, her arms loaded with a week’s worth […]

June is a time to provide our community with an opportunity to join the global conversation about the brain, Alzheimer’s disease, and other forms of dementia. Everyone who has a brain is at risk to develop Alzheimer’s, a fatal disease that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed. During the June, the Alzheimer’s Association® asks people […]

May is Stroke Awareness Month. The UVM Medical Center encourages our community to take the following steps to prevent stroke! When it comes to stroke, there are many risk factors that are beyond your control, including being over age 55; being a female (each year, women have more strokes than men, and stroke kills more […]

My name is Susan. I’m here to share some of my experiences with the thing that pushes me, haunts me, frustrates me, and challenges me, but which I do not allow to define me: Parkinson’s disease (PD). I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2000 when I was 36 years old. It was traumatic for […]

April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month. For those with Parkinson’s disease (PD), their families, and professionals who help care for them, each day requires our awareness. It is also our responsibility to improve knowledge about this condition and to draw attention to the courage of those facing the challenges of PD each day. Nationally, an […]

Did you know that March is a Brain Awareness Month? In honor of this, let’s look at the connection between the brain and the ear. It is a partnership that is often overlooked, but something that has been researched for years. Hearing essentially occurs in the brain. Think of the ear as a vehicle for getting sound […]

You are invited to join the Community Conversation: “Still Alice” and the state of Alzheimer’s in Vermont, March 4, 6:00-7:30 pm at the Fletcher Free Library Art imitates life. The much-anticipated film Still Alice, based on the book of the same name by neuroscientist Lisa Genova, was developed in consultation with Alzheimer’s Association experts who […]

What constitutes normal memory? How is memory formed and used? Normal memory is the ability to do three major activities: 1) Learn new information; 2) Place that information into storage in the brain; and 3) When needed, retrieve that information from storage. The two brain structures that take the lead roles in memory formation are […]

In honor of National Aphasia Awareness Month, the Aphasia Choir will be performing a free, public concert on Sunday, June 8th at 2:00 p.m. at the University of Vermont Medical Center’s Davis Auditorium. A reception will follow.  “When…I…sing, I feel…free.” This quote came from a man who suffered a left hemisphere stroke many years ago, the […]