In a rare coming together, all four HABIT Directors met to give a 3 hour lecture to the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology at the annual meeting in Chicago, IL on June 6, 2019. (From left to right: Dr. Glenn Smith, University of Florida; Dr. Dona Locke, Mayo Arizona; Dr. Anne Shandera-Ochsner, Mayo Midwest; and Dr. Melanie Chandler, Mayo Florida.)
The team was invited by the national organization for board-certified neuropsychologists to help give a "hands on" presentation about HABIT, in hopes of spreading the knowledge of this intervention to more providers across the United States and Canada. Dr. Chandler discussed the state of knowledge in general about behavioral interventions in Mild Cognitive Impairment, setting the stage for why we do the interventions we do in the HABIT Program. Dr. Shandera next gave a "how to" presentation going over how to do the components of the program in detail, particularly the memory support system calendar training. Dr. Smith provided our research findings as they impact the patient, and Dr. Locke discussed how the program affects care partners and future HABIT directions.
The presentation had excellent attendance (between 150-200 neuropsychologists in the audience!), and we got great feedback, including several folks interested in referring patients or starting a HABIT program of their own.
Equally important, this gave us all time to sit down together for a few hours afterwards and discuss how to keep growing and improving the HABIT program. It was a great get together!