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The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program provides ongoing care for patients with a dementia diagnosis. Call 310-319-3222 to learn more about dementia care at UCLA Health.

2021

  • 20 Questions to Ask When Dementia is Diagnosed (February 2021)
    UCLA experts say information can help patients and families through next steps. Read more

2020

  • In Their Own Words: How One Program Changed the Lives of Dementia Patients and Their Caregivers (November 2020)
    When the UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care (UCLA ADC) Program was developed in 2012, David Reuben, MD, Chief, Division of Geriatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Director of the UCLA ADC, and team had a simple goal: To provide more individualized support for the dementia patients and their family caregivers who receive care from the UCLA health system… Read more
  • It’s Time For Comprehensive Dementia Care: Podcast with Lee Jennings and Chris Callahan (September 2020)
    GeriPal Podcast talks to Drs. Lee Jennings and Chris Callahan about comprehensive dementia care. Read more

2019

  • Alzheimer's Orange County directs grant funding to produce helpful caregiver videos in Korean and Vietnamese languages (December 2019)
    Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia are equal opportunity afflictions that touch people of all ethnicities and cultures. To address the needs of Korean and Vietnamese speaking caregivers in Southern California, Alzheimer’s Orange County (AlzOC) has directed funds... Read more
  • How a landmark UCLA dementia program could ease burdens in Rochester communities of color (December 2019)
    Aida Arauz swung to the beat pulsing from the drums and piano, snapping her fingers and tapping her feet. She's one of the favorite dancers at her adult day care program in Los Angeles; the other members feed off of her vitality... Read more
  • Winners announced for National Institute on Aging dementia care coordination challenge (October 2019)
    Second place prize of $100,000 awarded to a team from the University of California, Los Angeles, led by David Reuben, MD: The web-based Dementia Care Software system, which was developed with High5LA in Los Angeles, helps specialists... Read more
  • The John A. Hartford Annual Report 2018 (June 2019)
    The UCLA ADC Program was featured in the web-based annual report as an important part of The John A. Hartford Foundation's success. As partners, UCLA ADC and The JAHF have worked together to improve care for persons with dementia and their caregivers. Read more
  • How A Population-Based Approach Can Improve Dementia Care (May 2019)
    With the burgeoning numbers of older people and the strong linkage between aging and Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, almost all health systems will provide care for individuals with these disorders. This needed care may range from providing information, referring to community-based organizations, and monitoring for those with early disease to delivering intensive care management for those with medical and psychosocial complications. Read more
  • New dementia care approaches are emerging to support patients and families as drugs falter (April 2019)
    Like any long-married couple, Helene and Martin Oppenheimer spend hours talking about their family and what’s happening in the world. But most of their talks now take place in a long-term care unit at NewBridge on the Charles, where 91-year-old Martin — who has Alzheimer's disease and uses a wheelchair — has lived since last summer. Read more
  • Hebrew SeniorLife Selected as First Adopter of UCLA Dementia Care Program (April 2019)
    Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL), a national senior services leader uniquely dedicated to rethinking, researching, and redefining the possibilities of aging, has been selected as the first adopter of the innovative Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Program created at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)... Read more
  • Primary Care Innovations Can Improve Alzheimer's and Dementia Care for Patients, Family Caregivers, and Providers (March 2019)
    There is an urgent need for innovative interventions to help primary care providers support individuals with dementia and their family caregivers without adding to their already full workload. To be sustainable, these innovations must be accompanied by policy changes that include mechanisms of reimbursement and recognition for practitioners who obtain specialized skills in Alzheimer's disease and dementia management. Read more
  • Co-Managing Alzheimer's and Dementia Care: A Winning Framework for Patients, Caregivers and Clinicians (March 2019)
    We can all recognize that people living with Alzheimer's disease or dementia urgently need help, as do the family members, clinicians, and health systems that provide care for them. One in three older persons die with this devastating serious illness, and they have twice as many hospital stays compared to others their age. In 2017, 16 million family members and friends provided 18 billion hours of unpaid care for people with dementia, and half of those have been providing care for four or more years... Read more

Previous Years

  • Love and Burnout: Caregivers, Too, Need Care (September, 2016)
    UCLA ADC program Medical Director Zaldy Tan, MD quoted in a New York Times article on Caregiver stress. Read more
  • First person: Longtime journalist documents his struggles with Alzheimer's (April, 2016)
    UCLA ADC program Medical Director Zaldy Tan, MD speaks on public radio station KPCC with Greg O'Brien, a journalist documenting his struggle with Alzheimer's. Read more
  • Dementia Care Cost Is Projected to Double by 2040 (April 3, 2013 - New York Times)
    The number of people with dementia and the cost of caring for them are skyrocketing at a rate that rarely occurs with a chronic disease, a new study suggests. Read more
  • 'Study partners' play critical role in clinical trials for Alzheimer's disease (Dec. 2012)
    For Alzheimer's disease researchers who conduct clinical trials, enrolling enough patients to make a trial meaningful is always a challenge. To enroll a single patient in a study requires not one but two participants - the patient and what's known as a study partner. Study partners provide the patient with support and update researchers about the patient's progress. Read more
  • Researchers report potential new treatment to stop Alzheimer's disease (Nov. 2012)
    Last March, researchers at UCLA reported the development of a molecular compound called CLR01 that prevented toxic proteins associated with Parkinson's disease from binding together and killing the brain's neurons. 
    Building on those findings, they have now turned their attention to Alzheimer's disease, which is thought to be caused by a similar toxic aggregation or clumping, but with different proteins, especially amyloid-beta and tau. Read more
  • Reagan daughter: Living through the 'long goodbye' (Oct. 2012)
    For the millions of people suffering from Alzheimer's disease - and the families and friends who accompany them on this difficult journey - the rampage of memory loss, deepening confusion, behavior and personality changes is devastating.  For Patti Davis and her family, the devastation was painfully public. Her father, the late President Ronald Reagan, was diagnosed with the disease in 1994 at the age of 83. Read more
  • UCLA to launch unique, comprehensive Alzheimer's and dementia care program (March 2012)
    Alzheimer's disease affects an estimated 5.4 million people in the U.S., some 480,000 of them in California. Nearly half of all people 85 and older will be stricken with the disease. The overall burden of dementia is still higher, with Alzheimer's accounting for only 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases. Read more