Dementia Matters

"Dementia Matters" is brought to you by the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. 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 caregiver resources. Our host is Dr. Nathaniel Chin, an assistant professor of medicine, geriatrics and gerontology, at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Email us your questions and episode topic suggestions to dementiamatters@medicine.wisc.edu.

Bonus Episode — What Is the Wisconsin ADRC?

Guest: Sanjay Asthana, MD, associate dean of gerontology, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and director and founder, Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center

The Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center is one of about 30 federally supported Alzheimer's Disease Centers in the country. Dr. Sanjay Asthana explains what makes the Wisconsin ADRC unique, the national effort to end Alzheimer’s disease, and the future of disease research.

Episode 04 — Connecting Lifetime Stress to Brain Health

Guest: Megan Zuelsdorff, PhD, researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Recent research shows lifetime stressful events, such as divorce, childhood trauma, and military combat, can have negative consequences for brain health and cognition in later life.

Episode 03 — Gender Differences in Alzheimer's Disease

Guest: Sanjay Asthana, MD, associate dean of gerontology, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and director and founder, Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center

Dr. Sanjay Asthana, the director and founder of the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, has published extensive research in the field of hormones and brain health. This episode covers his work in gender differences that exist in Alzheimer’s disease.

Episode 02 — When Is It Time for Home Healthcare?

Guest: Marion Chapin, training and outreach coordinator, Senior Helpers

Marion Chapin, an expert in homecare for seniors and people with dementia, will share five signs it is time to seek in-home help for caregiving for a family member. Marion has been working in homecare for more than 40 years, including time as a live-in caregiver for her own parents. Guest: Marion Chapin, training and outreach coordinator, Senior Helpers

Episode 01 — Impacts of Exercise on Brain Health

Guest: Ozioma Okonkwo, PhD, assistant professor, Division of Geriatrics, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and neuropsychologist, UW Health Memory Clinic

Recent research from the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center has shown the protective benefits of exercise in maintaining brain health and preventing Alzheimer's disease.

Episode 00 — Welcome to Dementia Matters

In our introductory episode, you’ll learn about everything our podcast has to offer. Our host, Dr. Nathaniel Chin, will discuss his unique connection to our program and let you know about some of our exciting episodes to come. We hope you enjoy!