Alzheimer’s symposium at BridgePort

By Frank Lewis -

The public is invited to a symposium on Alzheimer’s and Dementia Thursday (Aug. 4), at BridgePort Healthcare Center, 2125 Royce St., Portsmouth.

A panel of experts will gather at BridgePort Healthcare Center to talk about the latest trends in Alzheimer’s and Dementia care. The event will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., with the panel discussion taking place from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Teresa Bryan, MSW, LISW-S, Director of Social Work/Patient Relations/UR for Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) will moderate the panel. Panelists will include: Dr. Jeffry Hill, DO, Medical Director for BridgePort and Southern Ohio Medical Center, Dr. Marsha Smith, MD with Southern Ohio Medical Center Neurology Associates, Melissa Dever, BSW, LSW, Branch Program Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association in Southeastern Ohio, and Ann Evans, MSN, RN, Program Director for the Southern Ohio Medical Center Senior Behavior Unit.

The event is free and food and drinks will be served. There will be a meet and greet, and tours of the facility to follow the panel discussion.

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, according to the national Alzheimer’s Association. The Association says nearly every minute, someone in the United States develops the disease.

“Bridgeport Healthcare Center is excited to host this event because it will allow the audience to gain insight on Alzheimer’s/Dementia treatments, medications and certain tips for families dealing with this disease. BridgePort Healthcare Center goes above and beyond to care for patients and their families. They offer round the clock family and caregiver support, 24-hour certified dementia practitioners, long-term acute care, personalized plan of care for patients all instilled in an engaging, compassionate and vibrant environment,” Hugh Brisker, Director of Public Relations for BridgePort Healthcare Center, said.

To RSVP, please contact Hugh Brisker by phone at 740.876.2386 or by email at or Sarah Maddix by phone at 740.876.3203 or by email at

By Frank Lewis

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.