Alzheimer’s workshop set

Researchers are giving new hope to North Island families coping with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

Researchers are giving new hope to North Island families coping with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Already one in 11 Canadians over 65 lives with the diseases. And since age is the highest risk factor, that number is expected to soar as the population continues to get older.

Advances in research are offering new reasons for optimism, though, including new tools that may allows doctors to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease earlier, and with more certainty.

North Island families can get the latest information, without even leaving their homes, thanks to an Update on Dementia Research teleworkshop being offered from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 by the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C.

AREA residents can access it via telephone, with optional online slides.

Vancouver geriatrician Dr. Philip Lee will explain how research advancements might translate into clinical care for local residents.

“We are beginning, more and more, to understand how the disease doesn’t just present itself at times of first symptom onset. There’s a whole process that’s occurring in the background,” he says.

“We may be able to make the diagnosis earlier and earlier, and potentially in individuals before they have symptoms. To intervene at that point would be desirable so that hopefully we can even prevent—in the future—the condition from actually worsening.”

Researchers are exploring new interventions for people diagnosed with dementia, and non-pharmacological interventions such as exercise and diet that may also reduce the risk of the disease.

Dr. Lee contributes to research but also works with patients at UBC’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Clinic as well as St. Paul’s Hospital Department of Geriatric Medicine.

“The largest proportion of what I do is see patients,” he says. “That is part of what drives my passion for the research, because ultimately, I can also see the impact that it has on treating the patients and the family members we have the privilege of interacting with.”

Pre-registration is not necessary. A few minutes before the session, participants simply dial toll-free 1-866-994-7745, then enter the pass code of 1122333.

To use the website, go to momentum.adobeconnect.com/alzheimerbc and enter as a guest.

For more information on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, visit the Society website at www.alzheimerbc.org.

 

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