Predicting Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease Today and Tomorrow

This episode offers an overview of the current tools doctors use to examine Alzheimer’s disease risk in their patients, as well as new techniques in development. Our guest discusses the science behind risk testing for dementia, as well as the potential for a low-cost risk test. Guest: Sanjay Asthana, MD, associate dean for gerontology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and director at the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center 

Episode Topics:

  • What are the current tools that doctors have for understanding risk for dementia? 0:52
  • Memory clinic patient experience: 3:02
  • What is the difference between risk scores and calculators? 6:16
  • Genetic testing: 7:29
  • Risk and interventions for a diverse population: 13:17
  • How close is a low-cost risk test? 17:39
  • What do you do to reduce your risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease? 19:12

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Sanjay Asthana, MD