Physician Focus, March 2007: Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementias

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that gradually destroys a person’s memory, ability to learn, reason, make judgments, communicate and carry out daily activities. It is the most common form of dementias, a group of conditions that destroys brain cells and leads to diminished mental function. And it’s a disease with enormous impact on the family as well. There is no cure, but research is leading to new treatments.  What may be the causes of Alzheimer’s and dementia? Are there preventive steps to take? What is the latest in research? And what is the role of – and impact on – family members?

Bruce Karlin, M.D., program host

Sanford Auerbach, M.D., Associate Professor, Boston University School of Medicine

James Wessler, M.B.A., President and Chief Executive Officer , Massachusetts Chapter, Alzheimer’s Association

Co-produced with Hopkinton Community Access Television, HCAM-TV, Hopkinton Mass.

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