Shore Physicians Group to Launch Region’s First Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders at July 25 Celebration

Shore Physicians Group announced it will celebrate the opening of its Flora Baker Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders with a public ceremony on Tuesday, July 25 9am-11am at the Ocean City Masonic Lodge #171, 940 Wesley Ave. The new center, which is sponsored by Shore Medical Center and is based out of Shore Physicians Group’s Marmora office, will provide a much needed resource for South Jersey, expanding available expertise in cognitive neurosciences.

Shore’s Flora Baker Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders is the first of its kind in the region. At the opening celebration, members of the public can find out first hand how this center can provide care and assistance for their loved ones. Limited seating available. RSVP preferred but not required. Call Michelle at 609-653-3435. There will be three free discussions provided by Shore Physicians Group:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, Cognitive Impairment; What do these terms mean? Speaker: Dr. David Roeltgen, Shore Physicians Group
  • Community Resources; What are they and how to caregivers avail themselves of them? Speaker: Christine Meehan, Care Coordinator, Shore Physicians Group
  • How do I age successfully? Speaker: Dr. David Roeltgen, SPG

Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and related disorders are complex diagnoses that require a concentrated effort by numerous professionals ranging from neurologists to social workers to psychiatrists to provide the best care to patients and their caregivers.

Shore’s Flora Baker Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders provides a streamlined approach to the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders by: ensuring communication and coordination amongst care providers, family and caregivers, including guidance to patients and families in need of medical, social and outreach services; providing local access and guidance on specialized diagnostic measures and interventions, including access to clinical trials; and offering local education for clinicians, caregivers, families and the community, including medical management care methods and methods of successful aging.

Shore Physicians Group neurologist David Roeltgen, MD will serve as the Medical Director of the center. Dr. Roeltgen has 35 years’ experience in diagnosing and treating Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. He served as a Neurological Associate at the Memory Disorders Center of the Neurology Department at Georgetown University and is currently an adjunct Professor of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Board Certified in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry.

“The center’s mission is to provide excellent comprehensive multidisciplinary care to people with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders and to contribute to research advancement by helping our patients gain access to clinical trials,” said Dr Roeltgen.

The Ocean City Masonic Lodge No. 171 donated $500,000 to Shore Medical Center in the name of Flora Baker to establish the Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders. The program is made possible by a gift to the Ocean City Masonic group from Flora Baker and her husband Benjamin G. Baker, who were residents of Ocean City from 1954 until their passing. During their lifetime, the Bakers were local hotel owners and operators and great benefactors of Shore Medical Center. In honor of her husband Benjamin, Flora Baker made an endowment gift to the Masons earmarked for Alzheimer’s treatment.

Dr. Roeltgen currently provides cognitive diagnostic evaluations at Shore Physicians Group’s Marmora Office, located in the Shoprite plaza at 4 Roosevelt Blvd. To schedule an appointment, call 609-365-6226.