Geisinger Opens Memory and Cognition Site in Wilkes-Barre Members News October 29, 2018 WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Geisinger has opened a center for the Memory and Cognition Program in Wilkes-Barre, offering assessments, management and rehabilitation, as well as social work support for patients and families affected by memory and cognitive disorders. The program also includes support groups and state-of-the-art technology, including a driving simulator and a gait analyzer. “With Pennsylvania’s aging population, the need for memory and cognition care is paramount,” said behavioral neurologist Glen Finney, M.D., director of the Memory and Cognition Program at Geisinger. “Our approach is comprehensive, providing your loved ones with all their memory and cognitive care under one roof.” Nearly 2 million Pennsylvanians are older than 65. Nearly all of the state’s counties exceed the U.S. percentage of residents over age 65, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The program at 620 Baltimore Drive offers services for adults including behavioral neurology, neuropsychology, cognitive rehabilitation and social work. “The Memory and Cognition Program helps patients and their families navigate brain health issues with personalized, high-quality care in an uplifting setting,” said Anthony Aquilina, D.O., regional president for Geisinger Northeast. “The new site in Wilkes-Barre helps us provide this type of care close-to-home for our community.” The Memory and Cognition Program also offers support groups for patients and their families. The no-cost support group for patients suffering from memory loss and cognition issues provides a safe place to ask questions and share experiences and concerns about memory loss from aging, illness or traumatic injury. Family members and caregivers are welcome. Click here for location and times. Family, friends and loved ones of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia can attend a six-week caregiver support group program featuring education on issues that affect a person with dementia, as well as the opportunity to: Develop a support system Improve communication with their loved one Exchange practical information on caregiving challenges and discuss solutions Find new ways of coping Share feelings, needs and concerns Learn about community resources For more information, call 800-275-6401 or visit https://www.geisinger.org/patient-care/conditions-treatments-specialty/2017/03/15/16/36/neuropsychology. The Memory and Cognition Program also offers services at Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital. About Geisinger One of the nation’s most innovative health services organizations, Geisinger serves more than 1.5 million patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The system includes 13 hospital campuses, a nearly 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Geisinger is known for its focus on caring and innovative programs including the ProvenCare® best-practice approach to maximize quality, safety and value; ProvenHealth Navigator® advanced medical home; Springboard Health® population health program to improve the health of an entire community; ProvenExperience™ to provide refunds to patients unhappy with their care experience; and Geisinger’s MyCode® Community Health Initiative, the largest healthcare system-based precision health project in the world. With more than 215,000 volunteer participants enrolled, MyCode is conducting extensive research and returning medically actionable results to participants. A physician-led organization, with approximately 32,000 employees and more than 1,800 employed physicians, Geisinger leverages an estimated $12.7 billion positive annual impact on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey economies. Repeatedly recognized nationally for integration, quality and service, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to patient care, medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit geisinger.org or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.