Dr. Gregory A. Jicha, Alzheimer’s researcher (#321)
Neurologist Dr. Gregory A. Jicha of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky discusses the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.
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Jicha, who came to UK from New England, discusses his career in Alzheimer’s treatment and research and the mission of the Sanders-Brown Center, one of the original 10 Alzheimer’s centers in the nation. He describes the center’s groundbreaking BRAINS study, which is following a group of healthy adults over 70, tracking how their brain and memory functions change as they age.
Other topics during the conversation include the diagnosis, symptoms, and risk factors of Alzheimer’s and the kinds of examinations and tests a patient who might have Alzheimer’s undergoes. Jicha emphasizes the importance of customizing examinations to suit individual patients, explaining that while some patients may be able to endure hours of brain teasers and memory tests, others would find that such a process leads to mistrust and frustration.
Jicha also offers some tips on how to keep the brain active and healthy throughout life.