Research expert to talk about dementia treatment and prevention

Warren Wolfe

contributing writer

 

Dementia is one of the most worrisome diseases that confronts older people. It interferes with memory, judgement and the ability to interact with family and friends — and there is no known cure.

That’s why an upcoming presentation by a leading dementia expert at Roseville Library will be of strong interest to many area residents.

“Improving the Treatment and Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease and other Brain Disorders” will be the topic of William Frey II, Ph.D, an internationally known Alzheimer’s expert who is founder and research director of the Alzheimer’s Research Center at the HealthPartners Center on Memory and Aging in St. Paul.

His presentation is 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, at the library, 2180 Hamline Ave. N.

It’s part of the monthly Dementia: Caring & Coping series sponsored by the Roseville Alzheimer’s and Dementia Community Action Team (Roseville A/D). The volunteer group also helps sponsor Memory Minder kits that help friends and family interact with people with dementia, available on loan at Ramsey County libraries. It also sponsors a Dementia Caregiver Re-Entry Initiative, a monthly gathering of former caregivers of people with dementia.

Frey, who also is a professor at the University of Minnesota, will describe the latest efforts to treat and prevent Alzheimer’s disease, including intranasal insulin that improves memory, attention and functioning; using exercise and diet to reduce your risk of getting Alzheimer’s; and treatments being developed for stroke, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury, PTSD and other brain disorders.

His non-invasive intranasal method for treating various brain diseases uses a variety of therapies that bypass a traditional blood-brain barrier and reduce unwanted side-effects.  

On Oct. 10, the Dementia: Caring & Coping program will feature experts talking about Lewy body dementia, the second most common type of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease. Experts will explore symptoms and services for people with Lewy body dementia, which often is associated with Parkinson’s disease.

For more information about the Dementia: Caring & Coping series or about the sponsoring Roseville A/D, go to www.cityofroseville.com/DementiaInfo.

 

—Warren Wolfe is a Roseville resident who retired from the Star Tribune, where he wrote about aging and health policy issues. He is active in Roseville A/D.

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