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Our podcast is here to help humanize Alzheimer’s disease, by speaking with the experts in our community to keep you informed on the latest headlines, research studies, and caretaker resources.

Dementia Matters Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center

    • Medicine

Our podcast is here to help humanize Alzheimer’s disease, by speaking with the experts in our community to keep you informed on the latest headlines, research studies, and caretaker resources.

    Vitamin Deficiency and Its Impact on Brain Health

    Vitamin Deficiency and Its Impact on Brain Health

    A study from the University of Wisconsin found 40% of geriatric memory patients were deficient in at least one vitamin linked to brain health. Vitamins tested in this study included B1, B6, B12, and D, all of which play an important role in brain health. Dr. Robert Przybelski joins the podcast to discuss his study, the influence of vitamin deficiency on brain health, and the potential consequences of vitamin deficiency when treating a patient for a memory condition. Guest: Robert Przybelski, MD, associate professor, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
    Episode Topics:

    Why is it important to look for vitamin deficiencies during a memory evaluation? 1:19


    What were your research findings? 2:03


    What do you focus on during a memory evaluation? 5:13


    Is there a difference between normal vitamin levels and optimal levels? 6:40


    What supplements do you take? 7:42


    What diet do you think promotes brain health? 8:06


    Why does your research look at general patients rather than participants? 8:41

    • 10 min
    Benefits of an Early Alzheimer’s Disease Diagnosis

    Benefits of an Early Alzheimer’s Disease Diagnosis

    For individuals concerned with memory loss, the first few steps for screening and diagnosis can be the most intimidating. Dr. Cynthia Carlsson discusses recent progress in Alzheimer’s disease research, health disparities some groups face with the disease, and advice for individuals and caregivers who have concerns about memory loss. Guest: Cynthia Carlsson, MD, MS, professor, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and director, Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute 
    Episode Topics
    What is the current state of Alzheimer's disease research? 1:41
    Is there more funding toward Alzheimer's disease research and care? 2:59
    How has awareness of Alzheimer’s disease impacted diagnosis? 4:12
    What are the health disparities we see in Alzheimer’s disease? 7:46
    What are the benefits for early screening for Alzheimer’s disease? 11:07
    How does an early diagnosis affect family members or caregivers?  13:36
    Where should individuals concerned with memory loss look for resources? 15:06
    Are there ramifications in research for early diagnosis? 16:08
    What is your advice for individuals concerned with memory loss? 16:50

    • 20 min
    Defining Mild Cognitive Impairment with Dr. Chin

    Defining Mild Cognitive Impairment with Dr. Chin

    On October 27th, the NBC drama series This Is Us will return for a fifth season. An integral storyline in the show is the diagnosis of one of the main characters, Rebecca Pearson, with Mild Cognitive impairment (MCI). In this bonus episode, our host Dr. Chin helps define MCI and its potential causes and misconceptions.
    Episode Topics:
    What is Mild Cognitive Impairment? 1:37
    Difference between MCI and Dementia: 3:29
    Potential causes for MCI: 4:40

    • 7 min
    Intermittent Fasting and Its Effects on the Brain

    Intermittent Fasting and Its Effects on the Brain

    As intermittent fasting has risen in popularity over the last decade, researchers have been exploring its long-term effects on physical health. Dr. Mark Mattson joins to discuss his research on metabolic switching, caloric restrictions, and the cognitive benefits from intermittent fasting. Guest: Mark P. Mattson, PhD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Neurology
    Episode Topics:
    Defining Intermittent fasting: 1:08
    How long does it take for a metabolic switch? 2:02
    How is this process different from normal dietary recommendations? 3:44
    What did you find in your research on the effects of intermittent fasting on health? 5:36
    Are there cognitive benefits to intermittent fasting? 8:12
    Can intermittent fasting and caloric restrictions improve the brain’s health? 9:49
    How does our modern lifestyles affect our brain and overall health? 16:07
    Is there any evidence that one way of intermittent fasting is better?17:54
    Are there any long-term consequences of intermittent fasting? 20:30
    What do you do in your life to improve your brain health? 22:39

    • 26 min
    Research Update: Aerobic Exercise and Brain Health

    Research Update: Aerobic Exercise and Brain Health

    Aerobic exercise is often a recommendation for maintaining cognitive well-being, however its true connections to brain health are still being investigated to learn its effects on Alzheimer’s disease. Wisconsin ADRC exercise physiologist and researcher Max Gaitán joins the podcast to discuss the recent pilot study “Protocol of Aerobic Exercise and Cognitive Health (REACH)” and the study’s future research into the impact of aerobic exercise on brain health. Guest: Max Gaitán, MEd, Research Specialist, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Department of Medicine
    Episode topics:
    What were the goals for the REACH study? 1:56
    Was it difficult to recruit participants for the study? 3:18
    What else did you learn from your participants?  4:22
    Did you see any issues with retention in participants? 5:06
    What were the results of the study? 5:42
    What does improved glucose metabolism in the brain mean? 6:57
    Does exercise improve the health of the brain cells? 7:43
    What are the goals of studying metabolomics? 8:55 
    What did you define as usual physical activity? 9:47
    How were the exercise targets chosen? 10:38
    Are there studies researching high intensity interval training? 12:39
     

    • 15 min
    Apps & Alzheimer’s: Supporting Informal Caregiving Through Mobile Technology

    Apps & Alzheimer’s: Supporting Informal Caregiving Through Mobile Technology

    Human factors engineering is the study and design of interactive systems, tools and technologies to best assist individuals in need. We are joined by Nicole Werner, PhD, an engineer working on a mobile technology to serve the lives of informal caregivers. Guest: Nicole Werner, PhD, Harvey D. Spangler Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Episode topics:
    Explanation of the field of human factors engineering: 1:05
    The challenges of informal caregiving: 2:22
    What are some useful user friendly features for the app? 5:32
    How is the app being tested and improved? 11:38
    How do you know when the app will be ready for launch? 14:15
    Does your lab work with other technology tools for individuals with dementia and their caregivers? 15:55
    As consumers, what are the essential features that we should look for in technology assistance?: 18:10
    Have you encountered any tools you’ve found helpful? 20:07
    What have you learned about caregiving in your work? 22:55

    • 26 min

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