Journalist discusses his journey with Alzheimer's at Butler Hospital Campus

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What is it like to lose your mind, to see slices of one’s identity slowly drifting away like dandelion puffballs? And what does it feel like to live with Alzheimer’s? 

On Thursday, September 20, beginning at 5:45 p.m., veteran journalist Greg O’Brien will answer these and other questions when he gives his much anticipated discussion and book signing in the Ray Hall Conference Center at Butler Hospital Campus in Providence. This event is in partnership with the Rhode Island Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, Rhode Island Mood and Memory Research Institute, University of Rhode Island Ryan Institute for Neuroscience, and the Rhode Island Geriatric Education Center.

This is a complimentary event, but registration is required as seating is limited. To register, call the Memory and Aging Program Outreach Team at 455-6402 or visit butler.org/GetPsyched. 

“We’re pleased to have this opportunity to host Greg at Butler so he can share his story with our community. He provides important insights into the mind and experiences of someone living with Alzheimer’s disease,” said Stephen Salloway, MD, director of the Memory and Aging Program at Butler Hospital and Martin M. Zucker Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University. “I am personally excited to meet him as he was featured in the same NOVA documentary as our program.”  

In his expanded edition of On Pluto: Inside The Mind Of Alzheimers, the first book written by an investigative reporter embedded inside the mind of Alzheimer’s, O’Brien chronicles the unbroken progression of his own disease. Diagnosed more than nine years ago with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s, O’Brien writes about living with this dreaded disease, not dying with it.

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