Now What? Alzheimer's, Down Syndrome, & Other Disorders

Researchers in the fields of Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia continue to yield greater understanding. Dr. Anna Fisher discusses the most common types of dementia and explores other brain disorders, such as Mild Cognitive Impairment, Down Syndrome, and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, which can lead to memory problems and dementia.

In this NET Connects program produced in partnership with the Consortium of Dementia Alternatives, Dr. Anna Fisher explores current research and findings with panelists Dr. Sanjay P. Singh and Dr. Seth M. Keller. She also delves into the very real challenges faced by family members, care providers, and ultimately by our society as we address the ever-growing need for dementia treatment, care, and support.

Panel of Experts

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. In 2015, she received the APEX Award for Excellence in Health & Medical Writing by Nursing2015, for an article she co-authored entitled, "Best Practices for Engaging Patients with Dementia."

Dr. Fisher is co-producer of the NET Connects 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 Vice 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 P. Singh, MD is the Chairman & Professor of the Department of Neurology at Creighton University School of Medicine. He is also the Medical Director of Neurological Services at Alegent Creighton Health. Earlier he was the Vice Chairman (Education) at University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). He was also the founder Director of the The Nebraska Epilepsy Center at UNMC. He has also served as the Program Director of the Creighton-Nebraska Joint Neurology Residency Program.

Dr. Singh received his medical degree from M.L.N. Medical College in India, where he was the Valedictorian of his class. He completed a neurology residency at George Washington University Medical Center; he was the Chief Resident of Neurology in his PGY-4 year. He then did a two year fellowship in Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology, as the Gilbert Glaser fellow, at Yale University School of Medicine. He is Board certified in Neurology and is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Epilepsy Society.

He is the author of the 'Locatelli & Singh's Handbook of Neurology'. He is the author of numerous articles and also a few Book Chapters. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the A.B. Baker Teacher recognition award by the American Academy of Neurology, The UNMC Chancellor's Gold U Award & Kudos award of the Board of Regents award for University of Nebraska.

He has been invited to Lecture at many national and international institutions and conferences. He has also given talks to the community in 'Science Cafes & Simply Science' programs.


Dr. Seth M. Keller, MD is a board certified neurologist in private practice with Advocare Neurology of South Jersey.  Specializes in the evaluation and care of adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) with neurologic complications. He cares for individuals with I/DD both in the community as well in New Jersey’s ICF/DD centers. Dr. Keller is on the Executive Board of the Arc of Burlington County as well as on the board for The Arc of New Jersey Mainstreaming Medical Care Board.

Dr. Keller is the Past President of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD).  Dr. Keller is also the co-chair of the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices (NTG). He is actively involved in national and international I/DD health education as a speaker and webinar and workshop participant.

Raised in Philadelphia, PA, Keller received his bachelor’s degree from Temple University, earned his medical degree from The George Washington University School of Medicine in 1989, and completed his neurology internship and residency at Bethesda Naval Hospital. He also served as a neurologist at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Okinawa, Japan.

Extended Interview

In this extended interview, Dr. Anna Fisher speaks with Janet Miller about her daughter Jennifer. Jennifer has lived with Down Syndrome, and at the age of 38, she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Clayton Freeman, Regional... more››