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Alzheimer's Caregiver Education

A free, live-streaming webinar series that addresses the needs and concerns of caregivers, loved ones and anyone touched by Alzheimer's disease.


Webinars on Demand

Diagnosis and Management of Vascular Dementia

UCLA geriatric psychiatrist Stephen Chen, MD, discusses diagnosis and management of vascular dementia.


Practical Tips for Traveling with a Loved One with Alzheimer's Disease

UCLA psychologist Linda Ercoli, PhD, talk to caregivers about the things they need to know when traveling with a loved one who has Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia.


Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease: What Families and Patients Need to Know

UCLA psychiatrist Gary Small, MD, discusses early-onset Alzheimer's disease, its similarities and differences from late-onset disease, and what patients and families at any age need to know.


Addiction in The Elderly

UCLA psychiatrist Timothy Fong, MD, explores the most common types of addictive disorders seen in the elderly population. He will also review the signs and symptoms of addiction and what can be done to prevent addiction from happening.


Difficulties Eating in Advanced Dementia

UCLA geriatric health expert Nancy Weintraub, MD, discusses difficulties that people with advanced dementia face when eating and swallowing. She will also address options to deal with these issues.


Understanding and Managing Aggressive Behavior in People with Dementia

UCLA psychologist Linda Ercoli, MD, discusses the causes of verbal and physical aggressive behavior in patients with advancing dementia. She also introduces behavioral management techniques that can be effective in reducing and managing aggression.


Best Practices & Emerging Therapies for Patients with Alzheimer's Disease

Mario F. Mendez, MD, PhD, is a behavioral neurologist. His training is in internal medicine, neurology, neurobehavior, and experimental psychology.

Dr. Mendez completed an internal medicine residency at USC-LAC Medical Center and briefly practiced medicine before returning to do a neurology residency at UCLA. Under the mentorship of D. Frank Benson, Dr. Mendez went on to do a neurobehavior fellowship. The development of research interests in brain-behavior disorders resulted in completing of the qualifications for a PhD in experimental psychology.


Falls Prevention in People with Dementia

Dr. David Ganz discusses the best ways to prevent falls in older people, with a particular focus on people with dementia. This talk is especially intended for caregivers who are concerned about their loved one's risk of falls and fall-related injuries.


Elder Law: Making Sure the Right People Can Protect and Care for Patients with Dementia

Attorney Marc B. Hankin discusses how to use a durable power of attorney, an advance health care directive and a living trust when someone is diagnosed with dementia. He will discuss what to do if the patient did not sign any of those documents while competent, the good and bad of conservatorships and how to preserve the patient’s independence as long as possible.

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Spanish Webinar: "Que tiene que ver la enfermedad de Alzheimer con mi familia?"

La enfermedad de Alzheimer es la causa principal de la demencia en todo el mundo. Sin embargo, mucha gente dentro de la comunidad Latina no sabe cómo reconocer las síntomas de esta enfermedad, ni tampoco como lidiar con ella dentro del contexto familiar. Esta presentación le ayudará a entender cuáles son los riesgos, la síntomas, y los tratamientos disponibles para enfrentar un diagnóstico de Alzheimer. También habrá un dialogo sobre el impacto del Alzheimer sobre el sistema familiar y la necesidad de crear una red de apoyo más amplia.
Xavier Cagigas, PhD & Lucas Restrepo, MD, PhD


Dementia in People with Down Syndrome or Other Intellectual Disabilities

UCLA professor Linda Nelson, PhD, ABPP, Emerita in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, discusses the risk, signs, and management of Alzheimer’s disease in aging adults with intellectual disabilities, such as Down Syndrome.


Dementia: Special Issues Related to Ethnic and Racial Minorities

Join UCLA experts Xavier Cagigas, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, and Lekeisha Sumner, PhD, ABPP, as they discuss in Spanish, the warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and the benefits of early detection and treatment.


The Benefits of Early Detection of Alzheimer's Disease

Gary Small, MD, Director of the UCLA Longevity Center, discusses the early warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and the benefits of early detection, treatment, and risk reduction.


The 3Ds of Geriatric Psychiatry - Delirium, Dementia, Depression

UCLA expert Pauline Wu, DO, Health Sciences assistant clinical professor in Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, discusses the 3Ds of geriatric psychiatry. The 3Ds are the most common diagnoses seen in older adult mental health care and the symptoms can often overlap. Learn key differences between delirium, dementia, and depression and what treatment is available for each diagnosis.


Getting Help with Caregiving: In-Home & Residential Placement

Kathleen M. Van Dyk, PhD, UCLA post-doctorate fellow, addresses questions related to obtaining in-home help for caring for someone with dementia as well as placement in a residential facility.


Driving and Dementia

UCLA psychologist, Linda Ercoli, PhD, director of Geriatric Psychology, discusses the signs of dangerous driving in patients with dementia, and techniques to get them to stop.


Medications Used in Dementia: What Caregivers Should Know

UCLA geriatric psychiatrist Sarah Mourra MD, discusses of the variety of medications used in patients with dementia, their side effects, indications and benefits. She also focuses on information that caregivers should know.


Caregiver Stress and Depression

UCLA geriatric psychiatrist Helen Lavretsky, PhD, discusses stress and depression in family members who take care of people with dementia. Dr. Lavretsky also addresses ways for caregivers to reduce stress as well as available treatments.


Research-Promising Therapies for Dementia Patients

UCLA assistant professor Joshua D. Grill, PhD, discusses research advances in understanding Alzheimer's disease and how they are being translated into investigational therapies that are currently being tested in clinical trials.


Management of Medical and Psychiatric Problems in Dementia Webinar

UCLA geriatric psychiatrist David Merrill, MD, PhD, discusses the history of Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia and the current available medical and psychiatric managements offered to dementia patients.


What is Dementia?

David B. Reuben, MD, Chief of Geriatric Medicine, explains the different types of Dementia, how to make the diagnoses and how dementia is managed.


Advanced Directives: Planning Ahead

Neil Wenger, MD, Director, of UCLA Healthcare Ethics Center, discusses the importance of having an advance directive, choosing a surrogate decision-maker and communicating your preferences now for future medical care.


Surviving Caregiving

Linda Ercoli, PhD, Director of Geriatric Psychology, discusses caregiver stress and the variety of resources and interventions to help caregivers and family members better cope.


What is Dementia? Presented by Dr. David B. Reuben


Searching for Cecy: Reflections on Alzheimer's Presented by Judy Prescott