Understanding the Brain & Behaviors

Now What?

Air Date: 12/18/2014

The profound social and economic impact of an aging population highlights the need to understand the factors that influence cognitive health and the decline that occurs with age. Now What? Understanding the Brain & Behaviors examines the hallmarks of aging in the brain, the mechanisms underlying brain aging and the implications for brain function and disease susceptibility.

The program also features an on-location interview with Omaha native and filmmaker Erich Hover during the filming of "It Snows All The Time". The film is a depiction of the Hover family experience of his father's dementia journey. Actor Brett Cullen portrays Hover's father in the story, and joins Hover and Dr. Fisher during this interview.

Drs. Fisher and Singh take the viewer through a typical examination and functional MRI brain scan in an effort to alleviate fears and to help patients and family members know what to expect during the diagnostic process.

Panel of Experts

Doctor Anna Fisher
Dr. Anna Fisher, Host

Dr. Anna Fisher serves as the Hillcrest Health Services health, quality, and nursing services education expert. She is responsible for the implementation of educational and quality improvement programs following the identification of clinical needs, competency exams, and supporting the need for high quality of care for diverse business lines that include assisted living, memory support, adult day services, home health care, palliative, hospice, post-acute, and skilled nursing care. 

Dr. Fisher is also an adjunct professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Bellevue University and teaches in the Masters-Health Administration Program. She was awarded the prestigious Maenner Award for Professorship of the Year in 2012.

Dr. Fisher is co-producer of the Nebraska Public Media (formerly NET Television) program series, Now What?, about elder care and dementia. The program series received a 2014 Nebraska Broadcasters Association Silver Award in the Service to Community category and a 2012 Nebraska Broadcasters Association Bronze Award of Excellence in the category of Service to Community.

Dr. Fisher is currently President of the Consortium of Dementia Alternatives and President of the Montessori International School of the Plains. She is a certified dementia practitioner, licensed nurse, and holds an undergraduate degree in human resources, graduate degree in business management, and a doctorate in health administration.

Dr. Sanjay Singh

Sanjay P. Singh, M.D. is the Chief of Staff for the Creighton University School of Medicine. He is fellowship trained in epilepsy and neurophysiology. Dr. Singh is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and is the recipient of numerous honors and awards for his professional excellence. Dr. Singh received his medical degree from M.L.N. Medical College in India. He completed a neurology residency at George Washington University Medical Center and a two year fellowship in epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology at Yale University School of Medicine. He is the author of a reputed neurology book entitled, “Locatelli and Singh’s Handbook of Neurology.” He has been honored by several organizations including the America Academy of Neurology and the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska.  He is an invited expert speaker at many institutions both in the United States and numerous countries around the world.

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