Apr 14, 2011

Brent Forester's Never Ending Effort to Defeat Alzheimer's

I often read here, on the Alzheimer’s Reading Room, about physicians that don’t understand their Alzheimer’s patients or their caregivers...
By Max Wallack
Alzheimer's Reading Room

I feel sorry for those families. They really should seek out more empathetic care. We were fortunate to have a brilliant and caring doctor to care for Great Grams. His care also extended to the needs of her caregivers.

Now, I find out that Dr. Brent Forester’s dedication extends even further. On his own time, Dr. Forester has been training for and will run the Boston Marathon.

Here are his thoughts in his own words,

“Following a visit to the site of the original marathon 2500 years ago, and after relaxing on Patriots Day for the past two years, I have decided to join an incredible team and Run Boston 2011 for the Alzheimer's Association on behalf of all those with this tragic illness and their loved ones.

My profound respect and admiration for the Alzheimer's Association developed from professional experiences referring patients I treat and their families. From caregiver support and education to funding cutting edge research the Alzheimer's Association of MA and NH is an amazing resource in our community and the vital link for families who often do not know where to turn for help.

Not only is the prevalence of this illness increasing with the aging of our population, but we are increasingly witnessing a growth in the diagnosis of early onset dementia.”

According to the Sudbury Town Crier, "Dr. Forester has been running long distance since 1999, and has completed three marathons and 25 half-marathons. He has been involved with the Alzheimer’s Association’s Run for the Memory team since 2004 when he competed in the New York City Marathon.

A geriatric psychiatrist, Forester runs in honor of his patients and patients’ families, having seen in 15 years of professional work the toll that is taken on all those involved with someone affected by Alzheimer’s disease."

“They show courage and strength amidst significant adversity and turmoil,” said Forester. “The Alzheimer’s Association is a vital part of my treatment recommendations for families in terms of caregiver education and psychosocial support. The staff at the Association is dedicated and knowledgeable in the services they provide.”

Dr. Forester is currently in second place in raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Association through the Marathon run. Currently, he has raised $8615.

His donation page is located here, in case anyone wants to donate to this cause.

Dr. Forestor is the Director of the Mood Disorders Division, Geriatric Psychiatry Research Program, and Site Director, Harvard Medical School Psychiatry Core Clerkship, McLean Hospital.

Max Wallack is a student at Boston University Academy. His great grandmother, Gertrude, suffered from Alzheimer's disease. Max is the founder of PUZZLES TO REMEMBER. PTR is a project that provides puzzles to nursing homes and veterans institutions that care for Alzheimer's and dementia patients.

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Original content Max Wallack, the Alzheimer's Reading Room