We work closely with referring providers to create customized, effective treatment plans for patients with dementia. Our dementia care specialists offer extensive caregiver support, answering calls at all hours, every day of the week.
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Why choose the UCLA Health Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program?
We designed the UCLA Health Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program to support patients who have already received a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Our dementia care specialists are nurse practitioners with expertise in memory disorders. They offer personalized care plans and extensive patient and caregiver support.
Highlights of our program include:
Holistic evaluations: We assess all the ways in which a memory disorder affects your behavioral, social and medical well-being. Assessment results help us create effective treatment plans that support both patients and caregivers with the evolving needs of living with dementia.
24/7 access to specialists: After establishing care with our geriatric medicine specialists, patient caregivers have 24/7 access to a care provider. This helps reduce emergency department visits and hospitalizations while providing extra support and guidance.
Extensive resources: We offer support groups and robust caregiver education. Our specialists also connect patients and caregivers with an array of local and national resources.
Our geriatric medicine specialists care for patients with dementia through several specialized programs. We offer:
Dementia treatments we offer
There’s no cure for dementia and no treatment to stop its progression. Treatment typically focuses on managing symptoms and providing support to caregivers. Your dementia care specialist may recommend:
- Eating a nutritious diet full of fruits, vegetables and whole grains
- Engaging in social activities
- Exercising at a moderate pace most days of the week, to the extent that you’re able
- Maintaining a structured routine to help decrease anxiety and stress
- Participating in support groups and connecting with community-based resources for caregivers
- Taking medications designed to slow disease progression or help improve your symptoms
Our dementia care specialists in geriatric medicine work with your primary care provider or referring physician to develop and implement a personalized care plan. We offer every patient:
- A 90-minute in-person visit with one of our dementia care specialists
- A personalized care plan developed with your referring physician
- Follow-up phone calls and in-person visits to make sure your plan is implemented or modified as needed
- 24/7 access for caregivers who need assistance and advice to avoid emergency department visits or hospitalizations
We meet with every patient and their caregivers at least once a year to ensure that your needs are being met. Medicare covers in-person and video visits. Telephone calls and many other services such as support groups, educational programs and referrals to community-based organizations, are offered at no cost.
Our geriatric medicine dementia care specialists provide comprehensive and compassionate care for patients with dementia. We also offer extensive support for caregivers. Each member of our team is dedicated to improving quality of life for people with dementia.
Preferred Name: Dave Reuben
- Past President of the American Geriatrics Society
- Past President of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs (ADGAP)
- Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine
- Chief, Division of Geriatrics Medicine at UCLA
Dr. Reuben is Director, Multicampus Program in Geriatrics Medicine and Gerontology and Chief, Division of Geriatrics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Center for Health Sciences. He is the Archstone Foundation Chair and Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Director of the UCLA Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center and the UCLA Alzheimer's and Dementia Care program.
Dr. Reuben sustains professional interests in clinical care, education, research and administrative aspects of geriatrics, maintaining a clinical primary care practice of frail older persons and attending on inpatient and geriatric psychiatry units at UCLA. His bibliography includes more than 220 peer-reviewed publications in medical journals, 39 books and numerous chapters.
Dr. Reuben is lead author of the widely distributed book, Geriatrics at Your Fingertips. Dr. Reuben is a past President of the American Geriatrics Society and the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs. He served for 11 years on the Geriatrics Test Writing Committee for the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and for 8 years on the ABIM's Board of Directors, including as Chair from 2010-2011.
Dementia Care Specialists
Dr. Michelle Panlilio is the National Lead Dementia Care Specialist (DCS) in the UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care (ADC) Program, where she has been a DCS since 2013. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in nursing from Mount St. Mary's College and completed her Master's and Doctoral Degree from UCLA. Prior to joining the ADC Program, Dr. Panlilio worked in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Dermatology, and clinical research trials for Alzheimer's Disease. While Dr. Panlilio continues to see patients in the Westwood and Santa Monica offices, she serves as the National Lead DCS for the dissemination efforts of the UCLA ADC Program funded by The John A. Hartford Foundation. She is also the Lead DCS for the Dementia Care Aware Initiative, which is a collaborative effort with the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and several University of California Healthcare systems, funded by grant developed in response to Senate Bill 48.
Kemi Reeves, MSN, RN, GNP-BC, is the Lead Dementia Care Specialist for the UCLA Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Program and volunteers as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCLA School of Nursing. She serves as a lecturer and clinical preceptor, mentoring students specializing in the Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Program. Kemi is one of the founding members and inaugural chair of the Unity in Diversity Council. This nursing professional governance council implements initiatives to establish an authentic environment of equity, diversity, and inclusion for patients, trainees, and staff. Kemi's areas of clinical interest include Integrating Cultural Humility into Healthcare, Dementia, Transitions of Care, Post-Acute/Skilled Nursing Facility Care, Hospice, and Palliative Medicine.
Dr. Leslie Evertson has been a Dementia Care Specialist for the UCLA Alzheimer's and Dementia Care (ADC) program since 2012 and is a geriatric nurse practitioner with experience in primary and long-term care. She graduated from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences with a Master of Science in Nursing as an Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner and Forensic Clinical Nurse Specialist. Dr. Evertson obtained her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the Northern California State University Consortium.
Winnila May Escalante graduated from University of the City of Manila (Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila) in Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in 2005. She then moved to the United States and worked in the inpatient setting as a bedside nurse handling adult and geriatric population. In 2014, she completed her Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) with Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP) specialty at Azusa Pacific University. As a nurse practitioner, she focused more on Primary Care and Internal Medicine to care for the adult and geriatric population. She finds the overall impact of memory disorders and dementia both fascinating and challenging. She is hoping to maintain and/or improve the quality of life of the patients and families she will encounter, therefore looking forward with enthusiasm in working with the UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program.
Kristine Lee, AGPCNP-BC
Kristine Lee is an ANCC board certified Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Roseman University of Health Sciences in Nevada in 2012, then went onto get her Master’s in Nursing from UCLA, graduating as a Nurse Practitioner in 2017. Prior to joining the UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program, her work experience includes adult internal medicine and geriatric primary care in home, long-term care and skilled nursing home settings.
Vanessa Myrie, MSW, MSG
Vanessa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with dual master's degrees in Social Work and Gerontology from the University of Southern California (USC) and a bachelor's degree in Sociology from California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Before joining the ADC team, Vanessa worked with diverse adult populations at UCLA Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital. She provided individual and group therapeutic services to adults with acute and persistent mental illnesses in outpatient and inpatient settings. Vanessa also has over 12 years of experience in the healthcare field, working primarily with the geriatric population as a caregiver, care coordinator, and medical social worker. She strives to promote older adults' safety, dignity, and independence. As part of the ADC team, her unique role as a social worker is to spot, anticipate and address psychosocial issues that impact a patient's overall medical care plan. Vanessa is passionate about aging, dementia, and elderly care. Her goal as a social worker is to support older adults and their caregivers by providing them with the resources needed to minimize the negative impacts of aging, ensure their safety and increase their overall quality of life.
Dementia Care Assistants
Andrea Centeno, MS- Project Manager/Lead Dementia Care Assistant
Andrea received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Gerontology and Master of Science degree in Health Policy and Management from Mount St. Mary’s University. Before joining the ADC, Andrea had experience in skilled nursing facility social services and case management. She has been with the ADC program for over four years and now splits her time as the lead Dementia Care Assistant with the local program and as a project manager for the ADC national dissemination efforts.
Casey has been working in the healthcare industry for over 8 years. Prior to joining the ADC, she worked in a community pharmacy helping a diverse range of patients across Central and Southern California. She enjoys getting to know her patients and finding solutions to their concerns. Casey is excited to join the ADC and wants to continue her passion to improve the quality of care and life for patients in the ADC program.
Esther is of the Dementia Care Assistants with UCLA’s Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program. She graduated from CSUN with a Bachelors’ Degree in Health Administration in 2020 and started with UCLA shortly after. She chose to pursue a career in healthcare to positively impact and contribute to the growing, complex, and ever-changing organization. She hopes that along the way, she is able to create welcoming environment for any and every patient. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with family/friends and watching the LA Dodgers. She is California-raised but enjoys the cold weather.
Dora is veteran of the USAR where she served as a Medical Specialist for eight years. She has spent the last 6 years working as an Administrative Assistant, at Easterseals Southern California Autism therapy clinic for children affected by Autism and behavioral challenges. In addition to her role as administrative assistant; she sourced and developed additional programs, which provided families with helpful resources and discounts. These discounts and resources provided access to local beauty/barber shops, optometrist, doctors, dentist, and indoor play facilities that cater to children and adults with special needs. In addition, she is also a certified First Aid and CPR Instructor for the American Red Cross. Among her other talents and skills, she has a heavy background in marketing, sales and digital photography. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her family, line dance, cycle, ski, roller skate, and travel. She joins the UCLA Health team bringing with her creativity, her attention to detail, organizational skills, and team playing attitude
Kirstin is a Dementia Care Assistant with UCLA's Alzheimer's and Dementia Care program. She graduated from Cal State Dominguez Hills with a Bachelor of Science degree in healthcare management. Before joining the ADC program, Kirstin worked at Kaiser Permanente and with patients in skilled nursing facilities. She is passionate about health care and is continuing her education to obtain her master's degree. She is a mother of three and is involved in her children's sports and dance activities in her spare time. She is excited to join the UCLA Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Program, where she can assist with improving patients' lives.