A Personalized Approach to Brain Health

Richard S. Isaacson, M.D.

Richard S. Isaacson, M.D. serves as Director of the Center for Brain Health and Director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic (APC) at Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt College of Medicine. He previously served as Director of the APC at the Weill Cornell Memory Disorders Program, Assistant Dean of Faculty Development, and Associate Professor of Neurology at Weill Cornell Medicine & New York-Presbyterian. He completed his residency in Neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School, and his medical internship at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, FL. Dr. Isaacson now specializes exclusively in Alzheimer's disease (AD) risk reduction and treatment, mild cognitive impairment due to AD and pre-clinical AD. His AD research focuses on nutrition and the implementation and longitudinal assessment of dietary interventions for AD management. Dr. Isaacson has a family history of AD, including his Uncle Bob (diagnosed while he was in high school) and his Dad's Cousin (diagnosed six years ago) and passionately believes in a comprehensive, multi-modal approach toward both AD treatment and prevention. He is the author of two best-selling books geared for patients and caregivers, Alzheimer's Treatment Alzheimer's Prevention: A Patient & Family Guide (2012 Edition) and most recently, The Alzheimer's Prevention & Treatment Diet.

Finding the Joy and Humor Along the Way

Dr. Carl Rhoads

Dr. Rhoads was called to ministry as a senior at Frayser High School in Memphis, Tennessee in 1961, and licensed to preach that year. As a junior in Lambuth College in Jackson, Tennessee in 1963, he was appointed as a student pastor to three churches in Milan, Tennessee. In 1966, after the completion of his first year at Vanderbilt Divinity School, he was ordained a deacon in The Methodist Church. Fast forward 59 years, and he is presently serving as a part time pastor of senior adult ministry at First United Methodist Church Shreveport primarily giving pastoral care to 200 senior adults.

Ways to Communicate with a Disoriented Old Person

Stacey Hand, MA, CVP

After 20 years' experience with local non-profits, Stacey Hand received a Master's Degree in gerontology in 2011. She continued her studies with the international Validation Training Institute for six years of specialty training in working and caring for elders with dementia. She is a Certified Validation Practitioner and teacher for the Institute. Stacey is a client manager/dementia educator with The Bridge Alzheimer's & Dementia Resource Center. She has worked in independent senior living and long-term care over the past decade and cared for her mother-in-law and mother, who were both diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

Research Opportunities at LSU Health Shreveport, Center for Brain Health

Elizabeth Disbrow, PhD

Elizabeth Disbrow received her PhD in 1996 from University of California, Davis in neuroscience, then obtained a postdoctoral fellowship from the University of California, San Francisco. After training she joined the faculty of both UC Davis and UCSF. In 2013, she joined LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine. She is currently a member of the Department of Neurology, the Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Neuroscience. In 2017, she led the effort to obtain Board of Regents approval for the LSU Health Shreveport Center for Brain Health, which she directs.

Resources for Dementia Care and Support

Tamara Crane, MA, CDP

Tamara M. Crane has served as the Executive Director of the Bossier Council on Aging since 2011. She received a Master's in gerontology from the University of Louisiana-Monroe. She has worked in long-term care since 1993 and earned her nursing home administrator's license in 2005. She is a founding board member of The Bridge and is also a certified dementia practitioner. Tamara is an advocate for supporting individuals & their caregivers to live their least restrictive life with home & community based supports.

The Diagnostic Process

Meghan Harris, M.D.

Meghan Harris, M.D. is a physician with Willis-Knighton Pierremont Neurology. She has been practicing general neurology since 2010. She is board certified under the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a member of the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Harris is also a Clinical Assistant Professor in Neurology at Ochsner-LSU Health Shreveport. She earned her medical degree from LSUHSC in Shreveport, LA, and started her medical internship and neurology residency at Tulane University in New Orleans but returned to Shreveport to complete her training after Hurricane Katrina. She completed a Multiple Sclerosis fellowship at LSUHSC- Shreveport and entered into private practice.