NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – Last month, Hospital for Special Care (HSC) kicked off its new Center for Cognitive Health with a reception at the hospital's New Britain campus. Kelser Corporation presented a check for $25,500 to support the new initiative raised at the 2018 Kelser Charity Challenge golf tournament held in September.
Lynn Ricci, HSC President and CEO, described to those in attendance how the nonprofit’s relationship with Kelser Corporation led to the creation of the new center. Kelser is a technology consulting firm which Ricci said for years has “helped [HSC] ensure that we would have sophisticated information technology infrastructure and that we would be able to continue to support our highly specialized services.”
“Last year, in conversations with Kelser,” Ricci continued, “we began to partner about a new way of dedicating the proceeds of their Kelser Charity Challenge golf tournament. During this time, we developed the memory disorder services focus.” The event has raised $43,000 since 2017 to help launch the new program.
During the reception, Dr. Jennifer Cromer, clinical neuropsychologist, provided an overview of the uniquely comprehensive suite of services available at the Center for Cognitive Health, which includes speech and occupational therapy as well as neuropsychological evaluation and treatment. Andrew E. Budson, M.D., author of Seven Steps to Managing Your Memory: What’s Normal, What’s Not and What to Do About It, gave an interactive keynote address which helped attendees differentiate between normal aging and potential signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
In a video recorded at the Kelser Charity Challenge in September and shown at the reception, Kelser Corporation President and CEO Barry Kelly spoke about his journey with his brother, who founded Kelser and is currently living with Alzheimer’s disease. “If I had something like [the Center for Cognitive Health] available to me and my sister in law," he said, "it would have been great because she and I went it alone. It is not easy to figure out the best path for somebody who has a memory disorder.”
The Kelser Charity Challenge will continue to support the Center for Cognitive Health in 2019.
Photos from the Twenty-Second Annual Kelser Charity Challenge
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