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By uclahealth • June 2, 2020

More than 5 million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that figure is likely to triple by 2060. Currently no treatment can alter the course of dementia associated with the death of brain cells (neurodegeneration). 

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By uclahealth • May 7, 2019
    Alzheimer’s disease is the much-feared, most common cause of memory problems in the elderly. Sometimes, however, memory problems are caused by something else entirely, including conditions that can be treated if diagnosed, according [...]
By Leigh Hopper • June 7, 2018
Family and professional caregivers are key to ensuring that people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia live safely, comfortably and with dignity. Given the nation’s rapidly aging population, more people in the coming years will develop Alzheimer’s and dementia with the memory loss, agitation, behavior changes [...]
By Enrique Rivero • June 6, 2018
Dear Doctor: I read that dementia rates are going down due to rising education levels, but I don't have a college degree. Should I be more worried than most? Robert Ashley, MD, is an internist and assistant professor of medicine at the University of California, [...]
By Ask the Doctors • March 29, 2018
Helping a friend or family member who is facing a health battle can be daunting. You may not know what to say or do. However, simply showing you care can provide someone who is sick with much needed comfort. Try these three strategies to show your support. 1. [...]
By uclahealth • June 13, 2017
Are you concerned about a loved one’s memory beginning to slip? The onset of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia can be a scary and emotionally painful point in a person’s life and the lives of his or her friends and family. Catching the early signs of cognitive decline [...]
By uclahealth • May 8, 2017
Americans seem more polarized than ever when it comes to their political beliefs, a division brought into sharp relief during the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath. That worries Dr. Mario Mendez, a professor in residence of neurology and psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences [...]
By Leigh Hopper • March 20, 2017
Tina Turner does it.  So does Katy Perry, Sting, supermodel Gisele Bundchen and a host of other celebrities. When not strutting the concert stage or cat walk, they’re grooving to meditation’s benefits. While celebrity isn’t a reason to try meditation, it did make me a [...]
By Roxanne Moster • December 20, 2016
Caring for a loved one with dementia is a job nobody would choose. But with more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, it’s a reality for many families. In honor of Family Caregiving Month, Zaldy S. Tan, [...]
By uclahealth • November 8, 2016