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Geisinger is one of two locations in the U.S. licensed to offer the program

DANVILLE, Pa. – Geisinger invites caregivers and family members of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia to join “Beyond Alzheimer’s,” a weekly support group.

Geisinger is one of two health systems in the United States licensed to offer the program, which was founded by Patti Davis, daughter of President Ronald Reagan. Geisinger’s facilitator for the program is Randy Fulton, Psy.D., a neuropsychologist with clinical experience in the diagnosis and behavioral management of dementia. He also has personal experience as a caregiver.

“Programs like ‘Beyond Alzheimer’s’ provide a much-needed opportunity for those caring for people with dementia to share their experiences and support one another, and in the process lessen the burden,” said Glen Finney, M.D., director of the Geisinger Memory and Cognition Program. “We are very lucky to have Dr. Fulton head up this vital initiative.”

Beginning April 9, the group will meet Tuesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. in the first-floor community room at the Hospital for Advanced Medicine at Geisinger Medical Center, 100 Academy Ave., Danville. No registration is required. For more information, call 570-271-6516.

Geisinger also offers a monthly support group for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia in Wilkes-Barre. The group meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Geisinger Memory and Cognition Center, 620 Baltimore Drive. For more information, call 800-275-6401.
 

 

About Geisinger
One of the nation’s most innovative health services organizations, Geisinger serves more than 1.5 million patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The system includes 13 hospital campuses, a nearly 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Geisinger is known for its focus on caring and innovative programs including the ProvenCare® best-practice approach to maximize quality, safety and value; ProvenHealth Navigator® advanced medical home; Springboard Health® population health program to improve the health of an entire community; ProvenExperience™ to provide refunds to patients unhappy with their care experience; and Geisinger’s MyCode® Community Health Initiative, the largest healthcare system-based precision health project in the world. With more than 215,000 volunteer participants enrolled, MyCode is conducting extensive research and returning medically actionable results to participants. A physician-led organization, with approximately 32,000 employees and more than 1,800 employed physicians, Geisinger leverages an estimated $12.7 billion positive annual impact on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey economies. Repeatedly recognized nationally for integration, quality and service, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to patient care, medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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