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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.

You can listen to episodes through our website, or subscribe to "Dementia Matters" through iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play. Watch a tutorial on subscribing to "Dementia Matters" on a computer. Watch a tutorial on subscribing to "Dementia Matters" on a iPhone.

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

Latest Episode

Episode 08 - Connecting the Gut Microbiome to Alzheimer’s Disease

Guest: Nick Vogt, MD PhD Student, Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Research Investigator, Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

Examining the bacteria that live in our guts and the role it plays in health is an exciting frontier in scientific inquiry. Researchers are now looking at the gut microbiome for answers about Alzheimer’s disease. 12/5/2017


Episode Archive

Episode 07 - The Importance of Sleep for a Healthy Life

Guest: Steven Barczi, MD, Geriatric Sleep Physician, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Sleep plays an important role in our day-to-day lives and has a huge impact on our memory and thinking. Learn more about why we need to sleep and some of the negative impacts that poor sleep can have on our brains. 11/21/2017

Episode 06 - Early Diagnosis Key to Alzheimer's Disease Treatment

Guest: Paul Aisen, MD, Professor of Neurology and Director of the Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

Recent research shows Alzheimer’s disease can be present up to two decades before symptoms occur; a phenomenon known as preclinical Alzheimer’s disease. Comparing the disease to a burning building, many scientists believe treatment needs to happen well before significant foundational damage occurs. 11/7/2017

A transcript of this podcast is available here.

Episode 05 - The MIND Diet for Healthy Brain Aging

Guest: Martha Clare Morris, ScD, Professor of Epidemiology, Rush University Medical Center, and co-creator of the MIND Diet

The MIND Diet was created with the goal of healthy brain aging. This nutrition plan, which is backed up by years of scientific research, details 10 food groups you should incorporate into your diet and five foods that you should limit. 10/24/2017

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. 10/18/2017

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. 10/10/2017

A transcript of this podcast is available here.

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. 10/03/2017

A transcript of this podcast is available here.

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. 10/3/2017

A transcript of this podcast is available here.

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. 10/3/2017

A transcript of this podcast is available here.

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! 10/3/2017