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Brain Health Experts Gather for Annual Silverado Conference



Nearly 40 medical experts this month gathered in Marina Del Rey, California, for a three-day conference to discuss the latest brain health research related to neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Lewy-body dementia.

From award-winning physicians to some of the nation’s top researchers, these experts add tremendous value to society’s understanding of brain health and caring for those with cognitive decline. In addition to their practice or area of focus, each serves as a medical director for a Silverado memory care community or hospice office. Silverado – with 20 years of dedicated expertise in memory care – hosts the annual event.

"Through innovation, collaboratively working with healthcare professionals, research and the sharing of ideas, we are very excited to have made an enormous impact on improving quality of life for our residents, patients and their families,” says Silverado Chairman and CEO Loren Shook. “Our annual Medical Director Conference brings together experts in Alzheimer’s research, dementia care and end-of-life services, which each year leads to new advancements in caring for people with memory loss and those in need of end-of-life care.”

Shook and his two co-founders founded Silverado with a vision to change the way the world cares for and perceives people with memory impairment. The annual conference for leaders in neuroscience and end-of-life care is vital to developing industry-leading care that improves lives.

Highlights from this year’s event:

  • The latest Alzheimer's Treatment and Research updates from world-renowned neurologist and researcher Dr. Jeffrey Cummings, who serves as Director of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health;
  • A discussion on The Role of Lifestyle and Supplements in Preventing Dementia – presented by Dr. Walter Nieri, director of the Banner Sun Health Research Institute’s Center for Healthy Aging and the program director for Arizona’s Banner Health Family Medicine Geriatric Fellowship Program;
  • A talk on The Effect of a Brain Health Focus Within an Enriched Environment led by Silverado’s Senior Vice President of Clinical Services, Kim Butrum, who shares early results from the implementation of Silverado’s Nexus program, which is designed to help delay the onset of dementia and slow its progression;
  • An overview of Silverado’s new palliative care program – Supportive Care, presented by Dr. Loren Novak, an experienced physician board certified in hospice and palliative medicine. Kevin Gunter, Silverado Senior Vice President of Hospice and At Home, joined Dr. Novak for the presentation;
  • And additional research updates as well as a Comprehensive Analysis of Falls within Assisted Living Settings led by Dr. Ricardo Senno, whose expertise includes the management and treatment of traumatic brain injuries, stroke, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

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