“TELL ME A FACT AND I’LL LEARN. TELL ME A TRUTH I’LL BELIEVE, BUT TELL ME A STORY AND IT WILL LIVE IN MY HEART FOREVER.”
Each one of us has a story, and this one is Dr. Selina’s story!
Dr. Selina Saffron Johnson is her official name, yet everyone calls her Dr. Selina.
Dr. Selina, MD. Ph.D., a professor of Neurology at Harvard, is well known for her compassionate work on the world’s most seductive and precious spice saffron, and her colleagues at the Boston Aging Research Institute, calls her Dr. Saffron. Saffron has been a part of a human diet and used as an herbal medicine for thousands of years. Saffron has an amazing distinct color and flavor. Finding a cure for Old Age Dementia was Dr. Selina’s Dream. From the very early in her career Dr. Selina was interested in solving the problem of age-related decline, in memory function. At first, Dr. Selina worked with saffron as an antidepressant agent and then she spent all her career on memory enhancing effects of saffron and is hopeful that saffron would do it. Dr. Selina was also a part-time geriatric physician at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). When her parents suffered Old Age Dementia, it shook her up and took additional responsibilities at the Boston Aging Research Institute working days and nights, seven days a week determined to find a cure for dementia. Dr. Selina has made many contributions to brain science working at the Institute on various projects on cognitive dysfunction and ways to increase cognition potential. Sudden tragic circumstances in her life, combined with her old age, she is now coping with dementia. However, Dr. Selina did not give up hope. She is fighting hard for a win. I knew her well when I worked with her for about ten years and then lost touch completely. And then, about 18 years later we meet again in an amazing way!
Dr. Selina, now, is a famous artist, “The Saffron Artist.” She is painting stories of the New Old Age, Coping, and Caring, expressing in distinct Saffron color paintings. They are amazingly beautiful and informative.
This story is about her tough love for humanity and medicine.
Make no mistakes; this is a story!