South Shore Conservatory Co-Hosts Free Program on Alzheimer’s Research at Laura’s Center for the Arts

Dr. Margaret O'Connor,
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Changes in Memory: When to be concerned and what to do about them – South Shore Conservatory, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, presents a free South Shore AlzTalks program Changes in memory: When to be Concerned and What to do About Them on Tuesday, October 1, 6:30 pm, at the Laura Center for the Arts, 97 Mill Street in Hanover.

Every 65 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is a burden on those living with the disease, their caregivers, our health care systems and the local and federal governments. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s and other dementias will cost the nation $290 billion, including $195 billion in Medicare and Medicaid payments.

“The effects of Alzheimer’s disease are far-reaching,” shared Jim Wessler, CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter. “Unless a treatment to slow, stop or prevent the disease is developed, in 2050 Alzheimer’s is projected to cost more than $1.1 trillion. That is why the Association is committed to accelerating the global progress of new treatments, preventions and, ultimately, a cure.”

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The October 1 event is focused on keeping local communities informed on the latest in Alzheimer’s and dementia research.  “AlzTalks is our way of giving the public a chance to hear from a local leading researcher on where we are today and what is on the horizon for the future,” said Wessler.

Featured speaker Margaret O’Connor, PhD. shares information on brain changes associated with memory loss and different types of dementia, early detection, progress in clinical trials, risk factors and lifestyle interventions. Also included in the discussion is a spotlight on Dr. O’Connor’s research focusing on helping people determine optimal interventions to support brain health such as lifestyle modifications and cognitive strategies.

The AlzTalks program is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged. To register, call 800.272.3900 or visit

About the Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s research, care and support. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit /MANH or call 800.272.3900.

About South Shore Conservatory

South Shore Conservatory, (SSC) has been providing access to and enriching the lives of South Shore residents through music and the arts for almost 50 years. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest, not-for-profit, community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving over 4500 students of all ages and abilities at two beautiful campuses and in partnership with schools, and social service and community agencies throughout the South Shore. A third campus in Hanover is scheduled to open to the public for classes and programs in the summer of 2020.

Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama, with performance playing an important role in overall education. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers over 200 professionally produced concerts annually.  Through innovative partnerships, SSC’s Creative Arts Therapies department supports the mental, emotional, and physical health of some of our community’s underserved members, and the ImagineARTS program strengthens pre-reading skills for young learners in Brockton Schools through integrated music and dramatic play.

SSC’s campuses are located at One Conservatory Drive, Hingham, (781-749-7565) and 64 St. George Street, Duxbury (781-934-2731), and administrative offices at 135 Webster Street, Hanover, (781-421-6162). SSC programs are supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

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