Longtime Wayland resident Álvaro Pascual-Leone, medical director on the Hebrew SeniorLife’s newly renamed Deanna and Sidney Wolk Heart for Reminiscence Well being, is famend for his analysis and therapy of Alzheimer’s illness and different types of dementia.
Pascual-Leone’s work isn’t solely essential however well timed provided that at present greater than 5 million Individuals 65 and older dwell with Alzheimer’s and different types of dementia. Sadly, consultants count on that quantity to triple within the coming years.
As a scientific neurologist who makes a speciality of cognitive and behavioral neurology, Dr. Pascual-Leone’s focus is on characterizing and selling mind well being throughout the lifespan and minimizing incapacity in sufferers with neuropsychiatric problems, whereas gaining insights into human mind perform. He’s the creator of greater than 800 scientific papers.
“Mind well being is one thing we are able to’t take as a right,” mentioned Dr. Pascual-Leone, who was born in Spain however has lived in Wayland for 20 years, the place he and his spouse, Elizabeth, raised their three kids. “We have to begin a lot earlier taking a look at mind perform and find out how to stop illnesses like Alzheimer’s. All of us ought to bear common mind assessments identical to we do a yearly check-up for total well being.”
In keeping with Dr. Pascual-Leone, there are the six necessary life-style elements concerned in serving to to maintain mind well being and scale back an individual’s danger of cognitive decline — social engagement, psychological stimulation, bodily exercise, healthful vitamin, stress administration, and memory-enhancing sleep practices.
Dr. Pascual-Leone is understood for his holistic method to addressing the wants of Alzheimer’s and different dementia sufferers in addition to their caregivers. The isolation, stress and loneliness sufferers really feel additionally have an effect on their household and caregivers, who’re at higher danger themselves for stress, nervousness, despair and poorer high quality of life, and infrequently don’t get the help they want.
It was his imaginative and prescient to develop providers and help on the Heart for Reminiscence Well being (particularly to caregivers and members of the family) that just lately impressed Deanna and Sidney Wolk to donate $5 million to the middle.
The Wolk Heart leverages modern analysis with applications and providers to construct resilience in mind perform with evidence-based therapies that strengthen and lengthen sufferers’ cognitive talents.
The Wolk Heart provides behavioral and cognitive neurology consultations to assist assess cognitive perform, determine early indicators of dementia, handle behavioral modifications, diagnose and deal with medical circumstances and advocate customized interventions and life. Moreover, the middle provides cognitive well being and dementia care administration.
For extra details about the way you, a member of the family or liked one can obtain providers, go to hebrewseniorlife.org/wolkcenter or name 617-363-8600.