Is dementia preventable?

Apr 25, 2014
Dr. Lowell Gerber will present Is Dementia Preventable? Thursday, May 8, at 7 p.m. at the Camden Public Library.

Camden — Dr. Lowell Gerber will present Is Dementia Preventable? Thursday, May 8, at 7 p.m. at the Camden Public Library.

Gerber is a cardiologist and specialist in the physiology of exercise, nutrition, and metabolism. Gerber retired a year and a half ago from full time cardiology practice and exited from insurances and Medicare. He has a smaller practice now with a focus on baby boomers with their parents and children providing them with prescribed nutrition and exercise, nutrigenomics, and hormone optimization.

“Dr. Gerber believes that much of dementia is a preventable disease,” said Joanne Miller, LSW, CMC, CSA, who works with Dr. Gerber, “but we can’t wait until dementia is already apparent! Prevention is largely a matter of diet, and exercise as well.”

“Aging is a normal and inescapable process. However, the relentless wasting away of the essential body functions and the epidemic of fat accumulation over the course of decades is not a necessary or normal component of aging. Rather, it is the natural outcome of a lifetime of unfortunate and often misinformed choices. Through these unhealthy choices you may actually find yourself to be functioning at the same level as someone 15-20 years older, essentially accelerating your biological aging processes,” Gerber said.

“My preventive aging recommendations are set on the foundation of my background, training, and experience in physiology, pathology, internal medicine, cardiology, and bariatric medicine. I had developed a specialty practice of interventional cardiology which involved the very old, and often obese, patient who was too high risk for cardiac or vascular surgery. I have now moved my emphasis to a much earlier starting point of my patients disease processes, hopefully before it begins.

“Often, I have been asked what ‘preventive aging’ has to do with my passion for helping obese children to restore their health and path to a normal life. The answer is simple: We are now seeing the chronic disease of the elderly in school age children, and the ‘pre’ phase of the diseases which we previously saw in our grandparents are now occurring in ‘pre’ schoolers.”

Gerber was born and raised in Chicago, and received both his undergraduate and master’s degree in physiology of exercise from the University of Illinois. He received his medical degree from Loyola University and practiced clinical and interventional cardiology. He was a co-director of a preventive medicine center in Park City, Utah, and has more recently trained in nutrition and metabolism and has had certification in Age Management Medicine, Bio-identical Hormones and Nutrigenomics.

By combining the principles and practice of proactive preventive aging medicine with cardiology and bariatric medicine he provides his patients, and their families with the prescription and action plan for optimal health. He helps patients to lose weight, build strength, restore health, and remain functional longer. He is on the Board of Trustees of the Maine Gerontological Society. Currently, he is developing a collaborative program between the MGS and the Rotary Club to provide resources to the elderly through local Rotary club participation with the society throughout the State.

He moved to Maine with Danielle Duval to be closer to her family. Her aging parents live in a small town near Quebec City. Danielle is a cardiology nurse practitioner. His practice now is entirely outpatient, but she loves the hospital setting, so is employed by Maine Medical Center. They have a Wheaten Soft Hair Terrier, Madi, who is going to school to become a service pet. They live on 60 wooded acres in Freeport which they are gradually turning in to a medical retreat.

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