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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland To Host Seminar On Stroke, Dementia And Other Senior Health Needs

Seminar Aims to Dispel Senior Health Myths and Misconceptions

Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) will host a free seminar on stroke, dementia, senior emergency care and cancer screening on Thursday, Feb. 17 at the hospital, 44405 Woodward Ave., Pontiac.

 “Dispelling Senior Health Myths and Misconceptions” will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the hospital’s Franco Communications Center.  It is open to anyone who provides care or services for seniors. 

Topics and speakers will be:

  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus, Harold Portnoy, MD.  It is estimated that between 5 and 10 percent of patients diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease actually may have Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH). Unlike Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, NPH is curable.

  • Stroke Treatment, Connie Parliament, RN, MSN. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and disables more adults than any other condition.  SJMO is the home of the Michigan Stroke Network that provides remote robotic consults as well as 24/7 access to lifesaving procedures to reverse the symptoms of stroke.

  • Senior Emergency Care, Ashley Robinson, MHA. Seniors have unique care needs when they suddenly need emergency treatment.  Pre-existing medical conditions, multiple medications, nutrition and issues with depression all impact injury or illness. That’s why SJMO created the first senior emergency program in Oakland County.

  • Cancer Screening, Erin Reese Burks, MHSA.  Making healthy lifestyle choices can reduce a person’s risk of developing some cancers, and early detection is key.  SJMO offers a variety of cancer screenings and educational programs to help seniors reduce their risk and check their health.

Pre-registration is required.  To sign up, call 800-372-6094.

About St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
St Joseph Mercy Oakland is a 443-bed comprehensive, community, teaching hospital and a long-time leader in health care in Oakland County.  Founded in 1927 by the Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland has won numerous local and national awards for patient safety, quality and performance, and consistently ranks in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide.  A member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, St Joseph Mercy Oakland is a technologically leading hospital that combines advanced medicine and personal care to assist patients on their path to wellness. With dedicated physicians, nurses and hospital staff committed to providing quality care throughout the patient stay, St Joseph Mercy Oakland has truly personalized the patient care experience.

For more information about health services offered at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, please visit

About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a newly expanded health care organization serving southeast Michigan. Health coverage spans six counties, including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, 113-bed Chelsea Community Hospital and 74-bed St. Joseph Mercy Saline. Combined, the seven hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have five outpatient health centers, five urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians. 

A member of Trinity Health, the nation’s fourth largest Catholic health care organization, SJMHS is committed to providing a remarkable patient experience by using leading edge technology in a comforting and healing environment. As a mission based organization, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System provides approximately $100 million in community benefit to the communities it serves each year.

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