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Lois Hooper Memory Care Center Opens at DeGraff

Updated: 7/24/2012
pictured: Shannon Speaker,LMSW, Alzheimer’s Association of WNY and Robert Stall,MD, WNY Geriatric Center

 When patients and families are given a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease by their physician, it is often followed by many unanswered questions.  In reality, there are a number of types of dementias as well as a number of reasons why an individual may exhibit signs of dementia.  The Western New York Geriatric Center at DeGraff Memorial Hospital and Alzheimer’s Association, Western New York Chapter are collaborating to assist individuals in finding an accurate dementia diagnosis through expert medical professionals specializing in geriatric care and providing appropriate interventions, education and support. 

Named the Lois Hooper Center for Memory Care, staff of the clinic will work hand in hand with primary care providers to deliver the one on one interaction needed to bring about that better understanding.   Once referred, the collaborative team works to clarify a diagnosis, identify specific elements of the memory problem and formulate a plan for care. This center was made possible through the generous support and vision of Mr. Stanley Hooper, who cared for his wife, Lois, throughout her battle with Alzheimer’s disease. 

Dr. Robert Stall, internist and fellowship trained geriatrician with the WNY Geriatric Center believes this specialty clinic will help reduce anxiety relating to quality of life.  “Knowing exactly what you are dealing with is the first step in being able to come to grips with the problem  and understand fully what resources are available to help,” said Dr. Stall.

Shannon Speaker, LMSW, Director of Care Consultation for the Alzheimer’s Association, meets with and provides care consultation to every patient with their family.  She assists with the development of an action plan while building a support network and providing education for coping skills and decision making.  In her role, she provides a direct, ongoing connection to the resources available through the Alzheimer’s Association.  Speaker contends, “We’re excited to meet with people with dementia and their families twice in the clinic and we’ll provide support throughout the progression of the disease.  We will provide recommendations to and follow up with the primary care physician of each patient. This is a holistic approach for restoring hope and quality of life to individuals diagnosed with a type of dementia and to their families.”  

The Lois Hooper Center for Memory Care offers patients and their families someone to walk with them through their journey in understanding the unknown.  The clinic includes a family resource room, dementia library and meeting space for families to gather.   For more information call 716-698-6736 or visit

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