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Caring for Alzheimer’s Disease

Jagan Pillai, MD, Cleveland Clinic Neurocognitive Specialist - Speaker Bio
Jagan Pillai, MD, PhD, recently joined Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, specializing in cognitive and geriatric neurology. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Kerala and later trained in neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He further specialized in cognitive and geriatric neurology at the University of California San Diego before joining Cleveland Clinic. His specialty interests include cognitive changes arising from medical illness, including multiple varieties of dementia, Parkinson's and Huntington's disease.

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
  • Topic Info:Alzheimer's is primarily a disease of aging, although it can occur in younger adults. One in 10 people over the age of 65 — and nearly half of all people over 85 — have Alzheimer's.

    Roughly 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease and the prevalence of Alzheimer's disease is increasing, perhaps because of increased awareness of its symptoms or because people are living longer. Memory loss is the first and primary symptom of Alzheimer's disease.

    In the disease's early stages, patients become forgetful — misplacing car keys, forgetting to take medications, not remembering how to drive to familiar places. As the disease progresses, patients often cannot remember what they did earlier in the day, or even five minutes before. In later stages, patients do not recognize loved ones and have difficulty taking care of themselves.

    Listen as the experts from Cleveland Clinic give you the most up to date information on Alzheimer's and how to care for a loved one that has this disease.

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