Johns Hopkins Memory and Alzheimer's Treatment Center Symposium

Learn more about the latest treatment and research from Johns Hopkins Experts


  • Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, affecting 5.2 million Americans over the age of 65.
  • Over 100 million are projected to live with Alzheimer's disease worldwide in the next 30 years.


  • There is no cure for Alzheimer's as yet but there are many reasons to be hopeful.
  • Current treatments reduce symptoms and improve quality of life for those with Alzheimer's and their caregivers.
  • Support and resources from many trusted organizations and communities are growing ever stronger.
  • Worldwide efforts are underway to better diagnose and treat the disease and prevent or delay its onset.

Join Johns Hopkins experts in this October symposium to learn more about the latest treatment and research as the Johns Hopkins Memory and Alzheimer's Treatment Center celebrates its 10th anniversary. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
(Reception: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM) 

Asthma and Allergy Center Atrium
Johns Hopkins Bayview campus
5501 Hopkins Bayview Circle
Baltimore, MD 21224

This event is free and open to the public.
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(If questions, call 410-550-6337)


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  • Medical Overview of Alzheimer's and related dementias
  • Patient Interview
  • Panel Discussion
  • Question & Answer Session
  • Reception to follow

Program Participants

  • Spotlight on Kathy Siggins and the USPS Alzheimer's Stamp
    ​October, 2018: Kathy Siggins (third from right) initiated the Alzheimer’s disease semi-postal stamp to raise public awareness and funding for Alzheimer's research. Since its release in November, 2017, the stamp has raised over $579,000 for research. Siggins will be awarded the 2018 Trailblazer Award at the 2018 Journey to Hope Conference presented by the Johns Hopkins Memory and Alzheimer's Treatment Center and the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.

    November, 2017: It was a moment Kathy Siggins had waited 17 years for: She, along with Congressman Elijah Cummings, Postmaster General Megan Brennan and other key stakeholders, pulled a drape to reveal the U.S. Postal Service’s Alzheimer’s “semipostal” stamp, a special type of fundraising stamp to advance causes that the U.S. Postal Service considers to be ‘‘in the national public interest and appropriate.’’ Available through 2019, the stamp costs 60 cents and covers the cost of first-class, single-piece postage, plus an amount to fund Alzheimer’s research. 

    Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings joined more than 200 people recently at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for the   unveiling of a new U.S. postal stamp intended to raise funds for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) research. The stamp, by artist Matt Mahurin, costs 60 cents, which includes the rate of first-class, single piece mail, plus an amount to fund AD research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

  • Patient and Caregiver Resources
  • Club Memory Support Group

    Club Memory is a stigma-free social club for people with early-stage Alzheimer's, mild cognitive impairment or other forms of dementia, and their spouses, partners and caregivers.

    The Club meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

    Located at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

  • Podcast: Helen's Story

    Helen Hovdesven's husband Arne was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease a number of years ago. Before he passed away in the Spring of 2009, Helen generously shared her story in an audio slide show and a series of podcasts. She currently serves as co-chair (with Sylvia Mackey) of the Patient and Family Council of the Johns Hopkins Memory and Alzheimer's Treatment Center.

    • Long journey begun. Helen shares the beginning of "accepting and learning the path."
      Listen and view the slide show (10 min)
    • Early decisions. Helen describes symptoms her husband had and decisions they made.
      Listen (10 min) 
    • Psychological support. Helen talks about receiving psychological support for both her and her husband.
      Listen (10 min)
    • Coming to terms. Helen deals with her husband's inability to communicate clearly.
      Listen (9 min)
    • Focus on caregivers. Helen talks about the multiple roles caregivers fill.
      Listen (10 min)
    • NEW! Brain donation and autopsy. Helen returns to talk about her experience of participating in brain donation and the brain autopsy that provided a definitive diagnosis of her husband’s Alzheimer’s disease that helped the family with information and closure.
      Listen (6 min)
  • Podcasts with Experts

#TomorrowsDiscoveries: From Bench to Bedside at Johns Hopkins

#TomorrowsDiscoveries: Treating Alzheimer’s Disease – Psychiatrist Constantine Lyketsos

Psychiatrist Constantine Lyketsos and his team have learned how to better help people with Alzheimer’s continue to live at home, and they are putting the guidelines into use all over the United States.

#TomorrowsDiscoveries: Treating Dementia and Depression – Dr. Jin Hui Joo

Dr. Jin Hui Joo researches and develops programs that decrease barriers and engage minority older adults in depression care.