Two Weeks to a Younger Brain
Based on his newest book, Dr. Small translates the latest brain science into practical strategies and exercises that yield quick and long-lasting benefits. He will show how diet, exercise, stress management and cognitive training can rapidly improve brain function and memory performance. In addition to highlighting the scientific discoveries, he will teach his most effective methods to improve memory performance and brain health.
The Other Side of the Couch: How Mental Health Practitioners Think and Help
In any given year, an estimated one in four adults—nearly 60 million people in the United States—suffer from a mental disorder. Despite the public’s misconceptions, psychiatric interventions have been shown to diminish and often eradicate the symptoms of psychosis, depression, and anxiety; yet many people do not have access to care, and often those who could improve with treatment, never seek out a specialist. In this talk, Dr. Small describes some of his most unusual cases to illustrate the challenges a psychiatrist faces with each case and the process of solving these cases. In working with these patients, a variety of approaches were used—what has been described as an eclectic psychiatric style—that draws upon both physical and mental explanations for psychological problems, and treats problems with talk therapy, medication, or both. Thanks in part to the media, there exists an unwarranted pessimism about psychiatry that dissuades many from getting the help they need. This presentation will debunk such misconceptions and demystify the treatment of mental illness.
Brain Aging and Cognitive Decline: Detection and Prevention Strategies
More than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. This presentation will highlight the latest discoveries on early detection and treatment of the condition, focusing on the standard diagnostic approaches, as well as innovative strategies for delaying the onset of cognitive decline. Although no cure has yet been discovered, medicines are available to treat the symptoms, and addressing modifiable risk factors can delay the onset of symptoms in people at risk. Both pharmacological and non-pharmacological strategies are addressed.
Gary Small, MD, is Chair of Psychiatry at Hackensack University Medical Center, Behavioral Health Physician-in-Chief and the Hovnanian Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Behavioral Health for Hackensack Meridian Health. He is a co-inventor of the first positron emission tomography (PET) scanning method that provides images in living people of Alzheimer’s disease abnormal brain proteins – amyloid plaques and tau tangles. In addition to testing compounds that may benefit cognitive abilities and possibly delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease symptoms, Dr. Small has studied and developed lifestyle and memory training programs for improving cognition and healthy aging, which have been made available throughout the U.S. and abroad in senior centers, hospitals, and other community sites. Dr. Small has authored over 500 scientific works and received numerous awards and honors, including the American Psychiatric Association’s Weinberg Award for Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry. Scientific American magazine named him one of the world’s top 50 innovators in science and technology. He is the author of 12 popular books, including the New York Times bestseller, The Memory Bible.