Overview

By age 65 or older, an estimated 10% of the population develop Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia that interfere with their daily activities and independence. New technologies allow doctors to detect and diagnose problems early, and symptomatic treatments can improve symptoms temporarily. However, no disease-modifying treatment is yet available. Genetics account for part of the risk for the average individual, and several non-genetic behaviors, or modifiable risk factors (e.g., diabetes, obesity, physical inactivity), account for a large proportion of cases worldwide. This activity will review the latest research and practical strategies on detection, treatment, and prevention of brain aging and cognitive decline.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the latest methods for detecting and treating Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias
  • Develop awareness of new research designed to improve early recognition and treatment of age-related cognitive decline
  • Identify behaviors and lifestyle factors that reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s disease and delay onset of symptoms

Faculty Disclosures

Gary Small, MD

Allergan, Inc., Advisory Board; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Advisory Board; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Speakers Bureau; Lilly, Advisory Board; Lilly, Speakers Bureau; Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Advisory Board; Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Speakers Bureau; Pfizer Inc., Advisory Board; Pfizer Inc., Speakers Bureau; TauMark, LLC, Ownership Interest

Disclosures

Pamela Kushner, MD, FAAFP (Reviewer): Speaker’s Bureau for AstraZeneca; and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Consultant for AstraZeneca; Boehringer Ingelheim; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; and Lilly. Advisory Board for Pfizer, Inc.

Patrick Alguire, MD, FACP (Reviewer): Stock Holder for Amgen Inc; Bristol-Myers Squibb; Express Scripts; GlaxoSmithKline PLC; Medtronic Inc; Stryker Corporation; Teva Pharmaceutical Industries.

All other non-faculty contributors to planning, development, editing and review of content have no financial relationships to disclose.

Commercial Supporter

Not Applicable

Education Partner

Not Applicable


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