Caregivers and patients invited to free event to learn latest in dementia therapies


On March 2, the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases is hosting a free, educational event open to the community featuring an expert-led panel discussion moderated by Emmy award-winning producer for National Public Radio, Kitty Eisele.

The event, “Journeys with Dementia: Learning to Navigate Alzheimer’s and Lewy Body Dementia,” will include conversation and support about what to expect after a dementia diagnosis, with a special focus on Alzheimer’s disease and Lewy body dementia.

Alzheimer’s disease and Lewy body dementia are both degenerative forms of dementia that cause cognitive, physical and behavioral symptoms. Alzheimer’s is the most commonly diagnosed form of dementia and, while Lewy body dementia is the second-most common form, it is often underdiagnosed and misdiagnosed because early symptoms are often similar to early-stage Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease or other psychiatric illnesses. Notably, actor and comedian Robin Williams was posthumously diagnosed with Lewy body dementia after struggling to find answers to his troubling symptoms, like cognitive decline, sleep disturbances and behavioral changes.

Patients with dementia, and especially their caregivers, are encouraged to submit their questions to a panel of UT Health San Antonio faculty experts. Attendees will learn practical strategies for managing dementia and gain insight into the latest research in sleep problems, how to navigate problematic behaviors and symptom fluctuations.

The event will take place March 2, 2024 from 2:30-5:00 p.m. at the Holly Auditorium. Learn more about the event and register to attend here.

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