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Fifth annual Memory University focusing on dementia scheduled for Thursdays in June


INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center will present the fifth annual Memory University, “When It’s Not Just Memory,” from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursdays in June in the IU Health Neuroscience Center (Goodman Hall) auditorium, 355 W. 16 St., Indianapolis.

This series is a unique program for both professionals and families to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease from nationally known clinicians affiliated with the Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center. Participants will learn the most up-to-date information and will also be able to ask the experts any questions they have about Alzheimer’s and related disorders.

The dates and topics are:

June 6: “Function and Cognition” presented by Michael Justiss, Ph.D., associate professor of occupational therapy at the IU School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at IUPUI. Dr. Justiss has conducted research with smart technology applications to enhance elder independence. He also is an expert on aging and driving and is researching driver assessment, rehabilitation/remediation, and counseling for driving alternatives and community mobility options.

June 13: “When Speech Fails” presented by Rachelle Bates, an outpatient speech and language therapist at the IU Health Neuroscience Center. Bates specializes in treatment for patients with cognitive-linguistic deficits due to diagnoses of traumatic brain injury, stroke, primary progressive aphasia, dementias and other neurological diagnoses.

June 20: “Brains Behaving Badly: When Human Attention Systems Fail” presented by Brandy R. Matthews, M.D., assistant professor of clinical neurology and director of Neurology Residency Training Program at the IU School of Medicine. Dr. Matthews’ areas of research interest include the clinical presentation of frontotemporal dementia and related disorders, social and emotional cognition in the context of neurodegenerative disorders, and the neuroscience of music.

June 27: “MCI and Preclinical AD: Debates and Concerns About MCI in the Real World” presented by Frederick W. Unverzagt, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry at the IU School of Medicine. He performs outpatient consultations for patients with possible brain disorders in the Neuropsychology Clinic in the Department of Psychiatry. His research interests are focused on the clinical assessment of memory loss and cognitive impairment associated with neurodegenerative disease and breast cancer. He is the site investigator for one of the largest randomized, controlled trials of a cognitive intervention ever undertaken, the ACTIVE study, or Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent Vital Elderly.

The events are free, but registration is required. For more information, including a brochure, visit the Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center’s event website

To register, contact Donna Wert at 317-963-7297 or