St. Catherine's Village to Host Free Seminar on Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia on March 29

Dr. Thomas Mosley will share the latest advances in Alzheimer's and dementia research occurring at UMMC's MIND Center during a free seminar at St. Catherine's Village in Madison, Mississippi on March 29 at 2:30 p.m.

Dr. Mosley of the University Of Mississippi Medical Center's MIND Center

At 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, St. Catherine’s Village will welcome Dr. Thomas Mosley to its Commons Activity Room for an hour-long educational seminar. While the program is free and open to the public, seating is limited so reservations are required.

Dr. Mosley, professor and neurological expert will share the latest advances in Alzheimer’s and dementia research happening now at the University Of Mississippi Medical Center’s (UMMC) MIND Center. Attendees also will have the opportunity to take a virtual look at the new Gertrude C. Ford MIND Research Center in UMMC’s state-of-the-art Translational Research Center.

We are thrilled to have someone of Dr. Mosley's expertise and standing speak to our residents, their families and anyone who is concerned about the cognitive health of their loved ones.

Mary Margaret Judy, Executive Director at St. Catherine's Village

The MIND—Memory Impairment and Neurodegenerative Dementia—Center is one of the country’s leading research and clinical care services working to crack the code of Alzheimer's disease. By combining pioneering research, population-based studies and more than 30 years of data with brain imaging and genetic technologies, the clinical team is making discoveries about Alzheimer's and its risk factors. The disease affects 5 million Americans and more than 40 million people worldwide.

The mission of the Gertrude C. Ford MIND Research Center is to uncover the underlying causes of Alzheimer’s and related dementias and to develop new treatments. Since the center opened, researchers have not only advanced the understanding of how the brain ages but also identified multiple factors that predict the development of dementia. Uncovering causes and risk factors can lead to improved management and possibly even prevention of cognitive decline with age.

Dr. Mosley is the MIND Center director. A professor of medicine-geriatrics, he has an extensive background in clinical neuropsychology, behavioral neurology and population-based studies in neuroepidemiology. His research efforts have been largely devoted to uncovering how and why the brain changes with age and his contributions have been recognized with several awards. His work has led to discoveries about the brain that show that cognitive decline begins much earlier than previously thought—an insight that could translate into earlier detection and treatment. His latest work promises to push the frontiers of science and medicine by bringing together state-of-the-art brain imaging and powerful new genetic technologies.

“We are thrilled to have someone of Dr. Mosley’s expertise and standing speak to our residents, their families and anyone who is concerned about the cognitive health of their loved ones,” said Mary Margaret Judy, executive director at St. Catherine’s Village. The continuing care retirement community (CCRC) offers two facilities for memory care: Campbell Cove and the Hughes Center. Both are licensed by the State of Mississippi as “Alzheimer’s Assisted Living” facilities and together, they offer a warm, home-like environment for individuals facing memory loss.

The architecture at Campbell Cove and the Hughes Center follow design principles to minimize obstacles so that residents can maintain their independence as long as possible. For example, buildings feature wayfinding cues and circulation paths to guide people from one place to another. They also have small yet distinctive neighborhoods that allow for individual privacy while supporting family-size gatherings.

Campbell Cove accommodates 36 individuals in three color-coded wings, each with a common living room and dining area along with 12 furnished private bedrooms. In the center is a large multipurpose area, arts and crafts room, recreation center, and kitchen. A secure walking garden and landscaped patios give residents the opportunity to spend time outdoors in a familiar and protected setting.

The Hughes Center was created for individuals with advanced memory challenges and offers a calming ambiance for small-group sensory-stimulating activities. Each of the two distinct neighborhoods has 12 furnished private bedrooms and a common living room, dining room, kitchen, and screened-in porch and covered patio.

Beyond the architecture, programming at the two facilities is person-centered with scheduled—but also unplanned—activities to enhance each resident’s quality of life. The staff follows a social model of care to support each person’s capabilities and affirm his or her dignity.

St. Catherine’s Village offers skilled nursing dedicated to memory care, as well. A total of 24 private bedrooms with in-room showers are available for this living option, which combines person-centered memory care with skilled nursing services.

Unparalleled services and facilities are the hallmark of St. Catherine’s Village, as is companionship, a caring staff, access to on-site resident-centered nursing care, and a mission-focused environment. The ministry encourages residents at all levels to enjoy the fullness of life, health, and faith.

It is the first retirement community in Mississippi to earn accreditation by CARF-CCAC. This “commitment to excellence” seal signifies that the campus exceeds the standards established by the nation’s only accrediting body for CCRCs.

St. Catherine’s Village is a service of St. Dominic Health Services, Inc. and is sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois, who have owned and operated St. Dominic Hospital since 1946.

Located on 160 acres in Madison, St. Catherine’s Village provides the right care at the right time through independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing as well as memory care.

The free seminar on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia is being held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29 in the Commons Activity Room at St. Catherine’s Village, 200 Dominican Drive in Madison.

The public is invited, but seating is limited so reservations are required. To ensure a seat, call (601) 856-0123, email or log onto 

Source: St. Catherine's Village

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