Alzheimer’s Disease: What We Know and What We Don’t

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Duration 01:06:25

Washington University in St. Louis

Brian Carpenter is a professor of psychology at Washington University in St. Louis, and the recipient of their David Hadas Teaching Award. His primary research interests focus on relationships among older adults, their family members, and their health care providers. In particular, he studies communication among those three parties, with an eye toward developing interventions to improve knowledge and enhance health literacy. Dr. Carpenter teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate level that address the psychological needs of older adults, with a particular emphasis on end-of-life care and dementia.


First identified in 1906 by Alois Alzheimer as an “unusual disease of the cerebral cortex,” Alzheimer Disease (AD) has been the focus of a massive international research effort, heated debates about public policy and healthcare funding, and arguments among scholars and the rest of us about personhood, autonomy, and quality of life. After all these years, we understand much about what goes on in the brains of people with AD, who is at risk for developing it, and how it can be managed. But substantial mysteries remain about causes and consequences. In this class, you’ll learn about current research on methods for detecting AD, treatment approaches for patients, and evidence-based support programs for caregivers, along with some of the ways AD has eluded our understanding and remains one of the great public health challenges of the century.




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Alzheimer Disease: What We Know and What We Don't

The speaker was extremely well engaged with the listening audience. Information was most productive. History was most useful. Would have appreciated more on the B-12 and B-9 deficits as well as the physiology of Vit D in all of this. Sincere appreciation for your expertise.

2 years ago
Hans Bleiker

Gives me a much better understanding of the Alzheimer disease. Excellent lecuture.

2 years ago
cynthia clark

Excellent Lecture on Alzheimer imer

Very informative about the history of finding and understanding the disease. Good information about the current research and discoveries on how to help treat as well as diagnose the potential of developing Mild Cognitive impairment, dementia or Alzheimer.

2 years ago
Gary Reusche

An excellent lecture and much appreciated.

Is it possible to download the video for future viewing and study? I live in Ukraine (born in California, and worked for World Bank most of my life) and I’m sure my friends and colleagues will appreciate such a lecture. Thank you for the lecture.

2 years ago

Alzheimer Disease and Alzheimer's

Brian Carpenter did an excellent work of presenting this program. His clear and authentic presentation is excellent and well worth listening to several times. Deeply appreciative for the information and the intelligent kindness with which he presented this.

1 year ago
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