On Thursday, April 12th, Dr. Benjamin Hampstead, PhD, ABPP/CN, was invited to Port Huron by the Dementia and Alzheimer’s Resource Committee to present a Research Update and to share about research opportunities at the local, national, and international level with community members in St. Clair County. Dr. Hampstead is an Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Staff Neuropsychologist in the Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System in addition to being the Clinical Core Leader at the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center (MADC). He is an expert in functional imaging and non-pharmacological approaches to enhance age-related memory function. Dr. Hampstead’s presentation entitled “What’s new in Alzheimer’s Research and why one should participate in Research to help find a cure” was well received by a full room of local residents.
The Dementia and Alzheimer’s Resource Committee (DARC) began as the vision of a caregiver, Marcia Haynes, who wanted to improve the lives of those living with dementia and their families in her local community. In 2014, a group of dedicated health and human service professionals came together to make the vision a reality. The DARC is now a 501c3 with a Board of Directors and an active membership committee. Their mission is to support and provide assistance to individuals in St. Clair County who are affected by dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and their families. The Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center and the Dementia and Alzheimer’s Resource Committee have been working together for the past three years to bring increased awareness of resources and information available around dementia and dementia care to the Port Huron community.