Webinar Series for Primary Progressive Aphasia
The Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease partnered with the National Aphasia Association and the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration in 2013 to create the Dr. Lawrence Albert Memorial Webinar Series for speech and language pathologists (SLPs) who treat people with primary progressive aphasia (PPA).
The archived webinars are available on demand:
- "The ABCs of PPA for SLPs: Clinical Attributes, Biology and Care of Primary Progressive Aphasia" (PDF)
Presented by Sandra Weintraub, PhD, of the Mesulam Center
- "Treatment for Persons with PPA: An Adaptable Communication Support Approach" (PDF)
Presented by Melanie Fried-Oken, PhD, CCC-SLP, of Oregon Health and Science University; and Maya Henry, PhD, CCC-SLP, of University of California San Francisco
- "Living with Primary Progressive Aphasia: Challenges Experienced by PPA Patients and Families and How SLPs Can Help" (PDF)
Presented by Darby Morhardt, PhD, LCSW, of the Mesulam Center; and Jamie Reilly, PhD, CCC-SLP, of University of Florida
About Dr. Alpert
The webinar series is possible because of a generous sponsorship by Kathi and Peter Arnow, the family of Larry Albert, who battled PPA until 2011. Larry Albert was born in The Bronx, New York, in 1925. While in the U.S. Navy in 1950, he married the love of his life, Joan Jacober. Over the years, became the proud father of three, grandfather of six and great grandfather of two. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Larry went to NYU Dental School and had an orthodontic practice in Hartsdale, New York. He was active in various professional organizations and activities. His true passion, after his family, was music. He was an avid and talented amateur violist and played in various chamber music groups throughout most of his life. He loved tennis, skiing, hiking, playing music with his grandchildren and the occasional practical joke. He was a wicked punster and thrived on political “discussions,” which often turned into rather loud arguments. Larry was a man of great intellect. He didn’t talk much about his feelings, but there was never a question of how he really felt.
Around 2004, those around Larry began to notice a change. His expressive language was starting to deteriorate, but his cognition was as sharp as ever. We, his family, embarked on a circuitous and often frustrating journey to get an accurate diagnosis. He was finally diagnosed with PPA and, over time, showed signs of a growing generalized dementia. He passed away Aug. 7, 2011, after a long struggle with his disease. Larry donated his brain to frontotemporal degeneration research at Northwestern University. He was buried with his favorite martini shaker and Captain Lawrence Beer baseball cap and will always live on in his family’s memories. Cheers, Daddy!Back to top