WAMC Speakers Corner
3:40 am
Thu May 29, 2008

Memory, Alzheimer's disease and dementia... discover the difference

Albany, NY – The first of three WAMC radio broadcasts highlighting topics related to Alzheimer's disease. The event was originally broadcast live, from The Linda, WAMC's Performing Arts Studio at 339 Central Avenue in Albany. The Leon J. Goldberg Foundation is sponsoring the series.

Questions were answered by a panel of Capital Region experts and moderated by WAMC's Alan Chartock.

Panelists:
Earl Zimmerman, MD, Professor and Bender Endowed Chair of Neurology, Director, Clinical Research, Neurosciences Institute, Albany Medical Center.

Robert Gillen, PhD, Neuropsychologist, Director of Psychology, Sunnyview Rehabilitation Center

Elizabeth Smith-Boivin, MSHSA, Director, Anne B. Goldberg Alzheimer's Resource Center, Albany Medical Center.

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive brain disease which causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia and currently has no cure. Over 5 million Americans suffer from this disease and that number will continue to increase with the increase in older adults. Until medical science discovers how to prevent this devastating epidemic, we must strive to diagnose people in the earliest stage when medications and other therapies are most effective. Audience learned ways to differentiate early Alzheimer's disease and dementia from normal aging memory as well current treatment strategies for each.