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Dr. Martin Orrell (at left) and Dr. John Morley joined Monday's talk show.
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More and more people are experiencing the debilitating effects of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The Alzheimer’s Association notes that one in three seniors die with dementia, and by 2050 nearly 14 million Americans are expected to be living with it.

Those growing numbers are spurring innovative efforts to treat dementia, including Cognitive Stimulation Therapy, a non-drug treatment that is the focus of a conference taking place Monday and Tuesday at St. Louis University.

Dr. John Morley and Dr. Martin Orrell are among CST’s proponents, and both of them joined St. Louis Public Radio’s Jonathan Ahl on Monday’s St. Louis on the Air to talk about what they and their peers have described as a common-sense approach to treating dementia.

Dr. John Morley discussed the health issues older adults should keep an eye out for, as well as a new screening tool to identify them.
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Dr. John Morley, a SLUCare geriatrician and director of geriatrics at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine, joined St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh to discuss health issues faced by older adults and what doctors should know to look for in their older patients. 

"Physicians are not well trained in care of older people," Morley said. "They tend to treat older people as though they are 50-year-olds and that's not a good thing."

Dr. John Morley is a SLUCare geriatrician and director of geriatrics at the SLU School of Medicine
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Earlier this summer, the Pew Research Center released a report that found nearly 19 percent of Americans over the age of 65, nearly 9 million people, were working full- or part-time. That percentage has steadily increased since 2000.

Dr. John Morley is a SLUCare geriatrician and director of geriatrics at the SLU School of Medicine
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  On Tuesday, Dr. John Morley, SLUCare physician and director of geriatrics at Saint Louis University’s School of Medicine, joined “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh to discuss remaining vital and vibrant through the years as well as a recent $2.5 million federal grant to the university to teach primary care doctors to care for older adults.

Doctor: Geriatric Needs Not Being Met In Missouri

Jan 6, 2015
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Missourians are getting older, but their access to health care is not keeping up.

In October, a Missouri Foundation for Health report found a need for more geriatric specialists in the state. In 2011, Missouri had 139 geriatric doctors. The report predicted that the state would need 558 by 2030.

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Modern medical science has brought us closer than ever to the so-called Fountain of Youth.  Advances in our understanding of what it takes to live a lengthier and happier life have allowed us to do just that.

Host Don Marsh talked with Dr. John Morley, Director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at Saint Louis University.

Among other things, they discussed work Morley recently authored about everyone older than seventy getting screened for frailty, a problem that affects between 5 and 10 percent of those in that age group.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 18, 2011 - In 1906, Auguste Deter, a patient of German psychiatrist and neuropathologist Alois Alzheimer, said in describing her illness: "I have lost myself." Since that time, scientists have been searching for a cure for Alzheimer's, the thief that robs individuals of their very essence.

There may be help on the horizon -- drugs that can stop the debilitating disease in its tracks. Dr. John Morley, an expert in geriatrics, is using the "c" word cautiously.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 23, 2010 - For 15 years, Dr. William Gee operated a solo medical practice in St. Louis. "It was going quite well," Gee says. But Gee was busy, a little too busy. He felt "pressure to see more and more patients with less and less time" and experienced mounting overhead costs.

"I got tired of that," Gee said.

SciFest 09: Exercise and diet key to brain health

Oct 11, 2009

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 11, 2009 - Memory is key to survival, according to Dr. John Morley, director of the division of geriatric medicine at Saint Louis University.

“Whether we are humans or ground squirrels,” he said, “We need to be able to remember or we don't succeed.”

At the most basic level, Morley said, three things are needed to survive: food, sex, and memory.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 13, 2009 - One doctor remembered growing up with her grandmother. Another watched his wife's family deal with a loved one's Alzheimer's Disease. Another simply wanted to get away from snow. Whatever the reason, a love of challenge and caring for seniors drives the doctors teaching and learning in the Geriatric Medical Program at St. Louis University Medical School.