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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.

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

Latest Episode

Episode 30 - Approaching Alzheimer's Disease as a Preventable Condition

william shankleGuest: Dr. William Shankle, Medical Director, Shankle Clinic, Newport Beach, California

On this week's episode, Dr. William Shankle, a neurologist specialized in the diagnosis, treatment and management of Alzheimer’s disease, discusses how management of lifestyle and other health conditions can reduce the rate of accumulation of Alzheimer’s disease in the brain. 10/9/2018


Episode Archive

Episode 29 - Finding Community Resources after a Dementia Diagnosis

Bonnie NuttkinsonGuest: Bonnie Nuttkinson, program and advocacy manager, Alzheimer's Association South Central Wisconsin Chapter

The quest for both patient and caregiver resources in your own community can be difficult. Bonnie Nuttkinson of the Alzheimer's Association tells us the many different free resources for dementia patients and caregivers. 9/25/2018

Episode 28 - New Approaches Yield Promise for Future of Alzheimer’s Disease Drug Trials

Sanjay AsthanaGuest: 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

For decades, researchers from around the world have been working to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Sanjay Asthana explains the challenges Alzheimer’s disease drug trials have faced and introduces us to new, promising approaches to stopping or delaying the disease. 9/11/2018

Transcript available here.

Episode 27 - Key to Alzheimer’s Disease Cure May Lie in Early Detection

James LahGuest: James Lah, MD, PhD, associate professor of neurology, Alzheimer's disease investigator, Emory University

Research has shown Alzheimer's disease can be present in the brain decades before symptoms arise. Dr. James Lah discusses how he believes Alzheimer’s disease prevention should start in young and middle adulthood and shares with us what his vision of a cure might look like. 8/28/2018

Transcript available here.

Episode 26 - The Science of Sleep and Brain Health

Kate SprecherGuest: Kate Sprecher, postdoctoral research associate, University of Colorado at Boulder

A sleep scientist explains the importance of sleep to your brain, shares what the scientific community knows about the connections between sleep apnea and brain health, and offers tips for healthy sleep. 8/14/2018

Transcript available here.

Episode 25 - Caregiver Strategies and the Importance of Changing the Way We Think about Alzheimer’s 

Guest: Suzanne Bottum-Jones, registered nurse, children’s author, behavioral consultant

After more than 15 years of working with behavioral management strategies and symptoms associated with dementia, our guest has turned her focus to educating familes and caregivers who are affected by this disease. She provides tips that every caregiver should know and sheds light on why it was important for her to write a children's book that addresses Alzheimer's disease. 7/31/2018

Transcript available here.

Episode 24 - The Link Between Neighborhood Disadvantage and Health Outcomes

Guest: Dr. Amy Kind, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Geriatrics, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Director, VA Dementia Care Clinic, Investigator, Wisconsin ADRC

Social determinants of health play a big role in our overall well-being. Unfortunately, too often we fail to recognize the impacts that these factors have on our brains and overall health. Dr. Amy Kind and her research team at the University of Wisconsin developed a tool called the Neighborhood Atlas to visualize neighborhood disparities and help facilitate change. 7/17/2018

Transcript available here.

Episode 23 - Delirium and Its Pertinence to Dementia

Guest: Dr. Elizabeth Chapman, geriatrician at UW Health specializing in acute care geriatric medicine and delirium in hospitalized patients

Delirium can be caused by a range of conditions and can take on many different forms. One consistency, however, is its relation to an increased risk for developing dementia. Dr. Elizabeth Chapman speaks on the connections between these conditions and offers some useful tips to help prevent delirium. 7/3/2018

Transcript available here.

Episode 22 - National Priorities for Dementia and Health Disparities Research

brad christianGuest: Dr. Cerise Elliott, Senior Research Program Analyst at the National Institute on Aging

Dr. Cerise Elliott gives a look at the structure and function of the National Institutes of Health and its work relating to Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. She also emphasizes the importance of diversity in research and of recruitment and retention as Alzheimer’s disease-related research moves forward. 6/19/2018

Transcript available here.

Episode 21 - Alzheimer's Disease Risk Is High in People with Down Syndrome

brad christianGuest: Bradley Christian, PhD, professor of medical physics and psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin

With the dramatic increase in life expectancy among people with Down syndrome over recent decades, it has been observed they develop Alzheimer’s disease at a much younger age and at a much higher incidence than the general population. Our guest, an expert on brain imaging and neurodegeneration, discusses the theories behind this relationship and the similarities and differences in how Alzheimer's disease progresses in the Down syndrome and general populations. 6/5/2018

Transcript available  here.

Episode 20 - Identifying and Managing Dementia in the Hospital Setting

andrea gilmore-bykovskyiGuest: Andrea Gilmore-Bykovskyi, PhD, RN, Researcher, Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research in dementia care has traditionally examined community and nursing home settings, leaving a gap in research on care for dementia patients during hospital stays. After identifying a need for improvement in caring for hospital patients with dementia, our guest developed a new approach that helps hospital staff better recognize dementia and address it. 5/22/2018

A transcript of this podcast is available here.

Episode 19 - A Look Inside a Brain with Alzheimer's Disease

samantha allisonGuest: Samantha Allison, PhD, Researcher at the Wisconsin ADRC and WRAP study

The only true way to confirm a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is through a brain autopsy after death, but advancements in neuroimaging are giving scientists a clearer picture of what’s happening in the brain while patients are still alive. 5/8/2018

A transcript of this podcast is available here.

Episode 18 - The Potential for Predicting Alzheimer’s Disease Through a Blood Test

howard federoffGuest: Dr. Howard Federoff, MD, PhD, Researcher and Professor of Neurology at University of California, Irvine College of Medicine.

Dr. Howard Federoff, a ground-breaking researcher of brain disorders, discusses his research relating to predicting Alzheimer’s disease through a blood test and shares his lifestyle habits for brain health. 4/24/2018

A transcript of this podcast is available here.

Episode 17 - What It Takes to Become a Dementia Friendly Hospital

mary wymanmargaret floodGuests: Dr. Mary Wyman, Clinical Psychologist, William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, and Margaret Flood, CLSW, VA Caregiver Support Coordinator, William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital

The William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, was recently recognized as the first Dementia Friendly VA hospital in the country. We hear from Dr. Mary Wyman and Margaret Flood on the importance of Dementia Friendly and what it takes to reach this designation. 4/10/2018

A transcript of this podcast is available here.

Episode 16 - How Biomarkers and Brain Imaging Are Used to Detect Early Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

sterling johnsonGuest: Sterling Johnson, PhD, Clinical Neuropsychologist, Professor of Geriatrics, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Associate Director of the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, Principle Investigator of the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer's Prevention (WRAP) Study

Alzheimer's disease-related changes occur in the brain more than 15 years before a person experiences the memory and personality changes associated with the disease. By studying Alzheimer's in its earliest stages, scientists hope to find treatments that can prevent or delay the onset of dementia and memory loss. 3/27/2018

A transcript of this podcast is available here.

Episode 15 - Identification and Treatment of Swallowing Disorders in Older Adults

nicole puliaGuest: Nicole Pulia, PhD, CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor of Geriatrics, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

As we age, swallowing foods and liquids can become harder to do. When someone has trouble swallowing, it is defined as dysphagia. Dr. Nicole Pulia discusses dysphagia and its signs, effects, treatments, and relation to Alzheimer’s disease. 3/13/2018

A transcript of this podcast is available here.

Episode 14 - Support After Diagnosis: Dementia Care Specialists and Dementia Friendly Communities

joy schmidtGuest: Guest: Joy Schmidt, dementia care specialist, Aging and Disability Resource Center of Dane County

After a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, patients and caregivers can turn to local agencies and associations for education and support. Dementia friendly communities represent an international movement to help businesses, the general public, and government agencies better recognize and support people living with dementia. 2/27/2018

A transcript of this podcast is available here.

Episode 13 - New Study Looks at Fish Oil for Alzheimer's Disease Prevention in Veterans

Cynthia CarlssonGuest: Cynthia Carlsson, MD, MS, geriatrician, William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, and investigator, Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

Veterans are at a higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease than the general population. A new clinical trial is looking at the effect prescription fish oil has on brain health in veterans and will determine whether the supplement could be used as an effective prevention treatment for the disease. 2/13/2018

A transcript of this podcast is available here.

Episode 12 - Obtaining a Memory Assessment and the Role of a Neuropsychologist in Memory Care

lindsay clarkGuest: Lindsay Clark, PhD, neuropsychologist, UW Health Memory Assessment Clinic, and investigator, Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center

The thought of going in for a memory evaluation can be intimidating. Learn more about what you can expect with the evaluation process and get an idea of which behaviors are more concerning than others. In addition, learn why online assessments fall short when it comes to properly diagnosing memory concerns. 1/30/2018

A transcript of this podcast is available here.

Episode 11 - Caregiver Strategies for Overcoming Communication and Behavior Changes Due to Dementia

Guest: Teepa Snow, dementia care specialist, educator, founder of Positive Approach, LLC

Dementia care specialist Teepa Snow discusses techniques caregivers and family members can use to better communicate with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia patients. 1/16/2018

A transcript of this podcast is available here.

Episode 10 - Holiday Thank You Message

On behalf of the entire Dementia Matters team, thank you for listening to our podcast, and have a happy new year! 1/2/2018

A transcript of this podcast is available here.

Episode 09 - The Effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy on Alzheimer’s Disease

Guest: Carey Gleason, PhD, Clinical Psychology, Associate Professor and Researcher, Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

How does hormone replacement therapy affect a woman’s risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease? Dr. Carey Gleason, a researcher at the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, joins us to offer her insight on menopausal hormone therapy and the many factors patients and their physicians should consider in the decision-making process. 12/19/2017

A transcript of this podcast is available here.

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

A transcript of this podcast is available here.

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

A transcript of this podcast is available here.

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

A transcript of this podcast is available here.

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

A transcript of this podcast is available here.

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

A transcript of this podcast is available here.