Top 5 ‘Dementia Matters’ episodes of 2023

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Alzheimer’s disease research has grown considerably throughout 2023, with new developments in treatment options, brain health research and caregiving programs. As the field progresses, the Dementia Matters podcast is here to cover the latest scientific findings and caregiver resources.

Celebrating its sixth year of production, Dementia Matters released 26 episodes with 33 guests from the world of Alzheimer’s disease and caregiving research over the past year. These episodes highlighted a range of topics like the social determinants of health, caregiver support programs for communities across the United States, and developments surrounding Leqembi’s (lecanemab-irmb) approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

On top of sharing a wealth of information on the field of Alzheimer’s disease research, Dementia Matters produced a special series focused on the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center’s (NACC) Spring 2023 Meeting, which highlighted the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias research.

Based on listener downloads, below is a list of the most popular episodes of 2023, ranked in ascending order.*

5. Difficult but Beneficial Conversations about End-of-Life Care – Guest: Elizabeth Bukowy, DO, CMD, assistant professor, Medical College of Wisconsin Division of Geriatrics; medical director, Lutheran Home and Congregational Home

4. Lecanemab, Clinical Trials, and the Importance of Clinical Meaningfulness – Guest: Paul Aisen, MD, professor of neurology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Director, Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute

3. Mental Health and Memory: The Connections between Chronic Mental Illness and Dementia – Guest: Art Walaszek, MD, geriatric psychiatrist, professor, vice chair for education and faculty development, Department of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

2. Agitation and Alzheimer’s: Strategies for Managing Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia – Guest: Helen Kales, MD, geriatric psychiatrist, Joe P. Tupin Endowed Professor of Psychiatry, Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of California, Davis

1. Our Evolving Understanding of Mild Cognitive Impairment – Guest: Ronald C. Petersen, MD, PhD, director, Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, director, Mayo Clinic Study of Aging, Cora Kanow Professor of Alzheimer’s Disease Research, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Dementia Matters is a podcast about Alzheimer's disease and other causes of dementia, hosted by UW Health geriatrician and memory care specialist Nathaniel Chin, MD. Listeners learn about research advances, caregiver strategies and prevention tips from local and national dementia experts.

Listen to episodes through our website, YouTube channel, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Subscribe to Dementia Matters on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podbean, and Stitcher.

If you like what you’re hearing and learning, consider making an impact by making a tax-deductible gift to the Dementia Matters fund of the UW Initiative to End Alzheimer’s. All donations go toward staffing, outreach and production.

*December 1, 2022 – November 30, 2023