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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Geisinger has opened a center for the Memory and Cognition Program in Wilkes-Barre, offering assessments, management and rehabilitation, as well as social work support for patients and families affected by memory and cognitive disorders. The program also includes support groups and state-of-the-art technology, including a driving simulator and a gait analyzer.
 
“With Pennsylvania’s aging population, the need for memory and cognition care is paramount,” said behavioral neurologist Glen Finney, M.D., director of the Memory and Cognition Program at Geisinger. “Our approach is comprehensive, providing your loved ones with all their memory and cognitive care under one roof.”
 
Nearly two million Pennsylvanians are older than 65. Nearly all of the state’s counties exceed the U.S. percentage of residents over age 65, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
 
The program at 620 Baltimore Drive offers services for adults including behavioral neurology, neuropsychology, cognitive rehabilitation and social work.
 
“The Memory and Cognition Program helps patients and their families navigate brain health issues with personalized, high-quality care in an uplifting setting,” said Anthony Aquilina, D.O., regional president for Geisinger Northeast. “The new site in Wilkes-Barre helps us provide this type of care close-to-home for our community.”
 
The Memory and Cognition Program also offers support groups for patients and their families. The no-cost support group for patients suffering from memory loss and cognition issues provides a safe place to ask questions and share experiences and concerns about memory loss from aging, illness or traumatic injury. Family members and caregivers are welcome.
 
Family, friends and loved ones of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia can attend a six-week caregiver support group program featuring education on issues that affect a person with dementia, as well as the opportunity to:

  • Develop a support system
  • Improve communication with their loved one
  • Exchange practical information on caregiving challenges and discuss solutions
  • Find new ways of coping
  • Share feelings, needs and concerns
  • Learn about community resources

For more information, call 800-275-6401 or click here. The Memory and Cognition Program also offers services at Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital.

About Geisinger
Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1 million people it serves. Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes 10 hospital campuses, a health plan with more than half a million members, a Research Institute and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. With nearly 24,000 employees and more than 1,700 employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania by billions of dollars annually. Learn more at Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Behavioral neurologist Glen Finney, M.D., director of the Memory and Cognition Program at Geisinger (with scissors), celebrates the opening of the clinic with, from left: Anthony Aquilina, D.O., regional president for Geisinger Northeast; Neil Martin, M.D., chair of the Neuroscience Institute and chief quality officer; Neil Holland, M.D., Geisinger’s chair of Neurology & Neuromuscular; Megan Brosious, vice president of Geisinger’s Neuroscience Institute; Mark Basinger, vice president of Psychiatry at Geisinger; Rep. Matt Cartwright; Sara McKnight, Geisinger neuropsychologist; Finney; Ann Gerega, speech therapist; Nicole Miele Knarr, social worker; Laurie Holler, neuropsychology technician; Geisinger neurologist Maya L. Lichtenstein, M.D.; and Peter Stewart, Ph.D., Geisinger neuropsychologist.
Behavioral neurologist Glen Finney, M.D., director of the Memory and Cognition Program at Geisinger, demonstrates the driving simulator at the center, 620 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre.
From left are: Neil Holland, M.D., Geisinger’s director of neurology; Geisinger neurologist Maya L. Lichtenstein, M.D.; Peter Stewart, Ph.D., Geisinger neuropsychologist; Conrad Falvello, senior advisor to U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta; Behavioral neurologist Glen Finney, M.D., director of the Memory and Cognition Program at Geisinger; and Trudi Dempsey, northeast operations manager of Neurosciences.
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