The Evolving Definition of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease researchers are developing new techniques for identifying the disease much earlier than was possible in the past. This requires patients, families, and the medical community to talk about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in different ways. Our guest Dr. Jason Karlawish joins us to discuss the evolving definitions of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, as well as the ethical and social issues people with dementia face. Guest: Dr. Jason Karlawish, Penn Memory Center, Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania

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Show Notes

Dr. Jason Karlawish is a geriatrician and co-director of the Penn Memory Center, where his research focuses on neuroethics and policy. He is also the project leader of, a creative space for understanding the past, present and future of Alzheimer’s disease. 

Dr. Karlawish is a regular contributor to Forbes magazine; read his archive of essays here. Learn more about Dr. Karlawish's writing at his author website.