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Over 5.8 million Americans live with dementia and this number is only expected to increase. Providing essential care to these Americans are 16 million caregivers (typically family members) who sacrifice their time and energy and even their health to provide over 18.5 billion hours of unpaid care each year. Caregivers are critical to the nation’s dementia care system, as they have the potential to slow the decline of their loved ones with dementia. However, this does not come without a cost. Caregivers are more likely to have poorer quality of life and more markers of poor health than non-caregivers. For these reasons, the Virginia Alzheimer’s Disease Center is committed to improving outcomes and disorder trajectories for persons with dementia and their caregivers.

Research Data

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Patients seen in the Memory Clinic Annually
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In Aging Related Research Funds
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UVA Research News

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A nursing professor is testing a novel, UVA-developed digital health intervention that might help older adults with both conditions. 

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dementia in prison

As Baby Boomers continue to age, new work is calling attention to an often-forgotten subset of people with neurocognitive disorders: the rapidly growing population in U.S. prisons. 

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A UVA discovery could eventually protect patients from brain diseases that rob them of memory and motion.

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VADC Research Registry

Are you interested in learning about research opportunities that would be appropriate for you?  Are you a person with memory problems, a caregiver of someone with memory problems, or an interested healthy adult?

 

Upcoming Events

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UVA Neurology Grand Rounds

Pin Hall Auditorium 1005 and Virtual

Zhihao Zhang, M.D. will be presenting Computational Mechanisms of Choice: Modeling How Memory Impairment Degrades Decision Making in Dementia. 

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jlukensoct22

Pinn Hall Auditorium 1005

John Luken's will be presenting Emerging Roles for the Innate Immune System in Alzheimer's Disease"

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Grand Rounds Preclinical AD

Pin Hall Auditorium 1005 and Virtual

UVA Neurology Grand Rounds presents Charles R Joseph, MD Associate professor of Neurology LUCOM "Preclinical Alzheimer Disease and Correlation with Blood Brain Barrier Breakdown and Reduced Glymphatic Flow"