The Center was thrilled to host Dr. Melissa Armstrong last week for this year’s Carl Rinne Lewy Body Dementia Initiative lectures. Dr. Armstrong came to us from the University of Florida, where she directs the Mangurian Clinical-Research Headquarters for Lewy Body Dementia. She also serves on the LBDA Scientific Advisory Council. Dr. Armstrong’s research focuses on the lived experience of disease for individuals with Lewy body dementia and their families. This work ranges from patient and caregiver priorities for care to hospital outcomes and end-of-life experiences.
While here, Dr. Armstrong joined current support group facilitators and members for lunch, presented a lecture to the community, and presented a second lecture to medical students at Michigan Medicine as part of the Neurology Grand Rounds series. Dr. Armstrong addressed the confusing terminology around the Lewy body dementias and why knowing the difference is important, presented on current research in hospitalizations in LBD, medication suggestions and ones to avoid, and shared great information about in-home resources.
Both presentations can be found on our website soon, and information will be shared in upcoming support groups.