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Alzheimer's Disease:
A Public Health Update

Originally broadcast on July 19, 2007

Mary Mittelman, DrPH
Director of Psychosocial Research and Support Program Silberstein Institute and Research Professor Department of Psychiatry NYU School of Medicine

Earl Zimmerman, MD
Professor and Bender Endowed Chair of Neurology
Albany Medical Center Neurology Group

Over 330,000 New York residents have Alzheimer’s disease or related disorders. With the elderly population increasing significantly the issues associated with Alzheimer’s disease may be overwhelming. Currently in NYS, 70 percent of the persons with Alzheimer’s disease reside in the community and 75 percent of their care is provided by family caregivers. In this session, Earl Zimmerman, MD will provide an overview of Alzheimer’s disease, describing the role and importance of primary care in early detection and treatment, and discuss emerging research. Mary Mittelman, DrPH will discuss the results of several of her studies, illustrating the positive effects of delaying admission to nursing homes by providing care to patients with Alzheimer’s disease in the community and support to caregivers.