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The Practical Application of the Neuropsychological Examination

When:
Starts: Wednesday May 24th, 2017 04:00 pm
Ends: Wednesday May 24th, 2017 06:00 pm
Location:
Brightview Senior Living in Arlington
1 Symmes Rd
Arlington , MA 02474

Presenter:  Ginette Lafleche, Ph.D.

Do you know your clients?  Do you understand their strengths and weaknesses?  Do you understand why they are having the challenges that require your involvement? Is your client management approach tailored to the specific needs of your client?  How will a neuropsychological evaluation help you better serve your client?  How would it help your interactions with medical caregivers and family members? Using both evidence-based knowledge and real-life examples, this presentation will outline the core cognitive domains sampled by the neuropsychological exam, their diagnostic significance, and their practical real-word significance.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the scope of the neuropsychological evaluation (30 min)
  • Understand what a neuropsychological profile is and how it informs care planning for the Aging Life Care Professional (30 min)
  • Questions and answers (15 minutes)

Bio:

Dr. Lafleche is a Massachusetts licensed neuropsychologist with a private practice that provides clinical services, education, and coaching related to the assessment, treatment, and prevention of decline in memory, attention, and other cognitive abilities of individuals age 45 and above.  Working with this population has always been a passion for her.  Her Ph.D. work, which was completed at Ottawa University, Ontario, Canada, introduced her to the cognitive changes that differentiate Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.  She then pursued her interest in the neuropsychology of aging and dementia with a three-year post-doctoral training at the Gerontology Research Unit of Massachusetts General Hospital. This work supported by the Alzheimer’s Society of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and the Ontario Mental Health Foundation.  She then did an NIH supported rehabilitation fellowship at a Tufts University Medical School affiliated rehabilitation center. She now works for Boston University School of Medicine’s Memory Disorders Research Center located at the Jamaica Plain campus of the Boston VA Healthcare System.  The Memory Disorders Research Center does research in disorders that include amnesia, anterior communicating artery aneurysm, and PTSD and mild traumatic brain injury in OEF/OIF veterans.  In her private practice, Dr. Lafleche’s interests focus on the assessment and treatment of adult individuals with changes in memory and attention with interventions that favor evidence-based treatments.