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Dr. Gary Small Visits Greenspring to Discuss Brain Health
Dr. Gary Small Visits Greenspring to Discuss Brain Health



Dr. Gary Small, Professor of Psychiatry and Aging and Director of the UCLA Longevity Center at UCLA, recently visited Greenspring retirement community to discuss brain health and review concepts from his revised edition of THE ALZHEIMER’S PREVENTION PROGRAM: Keep Your Brain Healthy for the Rest of Your Life.  Over 100 residents and staff attended the presentation, which was followed by a book-signing.

Erickson Living, developer and manager of Greenspring is a leader in supporting seniors’ physical, as well as cognitive health and wellness.  The company has had a longstanding relationship with Dr. Small, including supporting his UCLA-based Memory Fitness research. 

“Erickson Living clearly provides the very best in Memory Support Services,” said Dr. Small.  “The company’s commitment to supporting seniors lead a lifestyle geared toward good health is commendable.”  

Today, Erickson Living’s Memory Support Program includes a Memory Fitness component, licensed by the UCLA Longevity Center, as well as Memory Health for people with mild to moderate cognitive impairment and Memory Care for individuals in the later stages that need the added support of Continuing Care services.

At the presentation at Greenspring, Dr. Small indicated that while there is not a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, changes to ones lifestyle can help to stave off symptoms.  Some of these include the continuation of lifelong learning and reduction of stress, as well as staying physically active, getting plenty of sleep, avoiding head trauma, not smoking, having a positive outlook, and treating conditions like hypertension and high cholesterol. 

Dr. Small also provided some important clarifications.  “Alzheimer’s disease is just one cause of dementia,” said Dr. Small.  He described dementia as a level of confusion and memory loss that interferes with daily life. 

Dr. Small noted that there are 5 million people in the U.S. and 34 million worldwide currently suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.   

Additional information on Dr. Small can be referenced on his website.

About Greenspring: Greenspring is situated on a scenic 108-acre campus in Springfield, Virginia.  The community is home to nearly 2000 residents, many of which reside in the 1404 independent living apartment homes.  At Greenspring, over 200 resident-run and resident-driven programs promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average.  Life at Greenspring offers a true sense of community and is an exciting alternative to the typical retirement community.  Additional information about Greenspring can be found at www.ericksonliving.com.


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