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Dr. Nancy Donovan Presents at the Lurie Center Conference on Aging Well with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Apr 2024

Nancy J. Donovan, MD presented at the Mass General Brigham and Lurie Family Center for Autism conference on Aging Well with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Challenges, Opportunities, and Insights. She gave her presentation, entitled “Cognitive and Emotional Well-being in Aging,” and participated in a panel discussion with other leaders in detecting and managing age-associated cognitive and neuropsychiatric changes.

Harvard University Flourishing Program: Building Connected Communities Talk and Panel Discussion, October 2023.

Nancy J. Donovan, MD chaired the session “Loneliness, Isolation, and Aging” at the Building Connected Communities conference, an action forum for leaders working to address social isolation, loneliness, and connection. She was joined during the session by colleagues from the National Academies Committee on Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults (2018-2019), Dan Blazer MD, PhD (Chair) and Carla Perissonotto, MD.

A recording of the full presentation and panel discussion is available here.

The full Building Connected Communities conference agenda and links to other presenters and sessions is available here.

New findings on widowhood, amyloid-beta and cognitive decline published in JAMA Network Open

Using data from the Harvard Aging Brain Study, Kelsey Biddle et al. found that being widowed was associated with accelerated beta-amyloid-related cognitive decline over three years. Cognitively unimpaired, widowed older adults were especially susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease progression, emphasizing the need for increased research attention and informed interventions for this vulnerable group. [Article] [CNN Article]

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