11-9-11: The Long View on Alzheimer’s
Doctors and researchers have a new way of looking at Alzheimer’s Disease – not only as a dementia, but as a series, a continuum of impairments in the way the brain functions. This past spring, for the first time in more than a quarter century, the diagnostic guidelines for Alzheimer’s were changed.
With a new definition of its early stages, twice as many people may be defined as having the brain-robbing of the disease. With us to give us the long view of Alzheimer’s is one of the scientists who led the overhaul of the guidelines. Dr. Guy McKhann is the founding Chair of the Department of Neurology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and founding Director of the Zanvyl Krieger Mind-Brain Institute at Johns Hopkins University.
Next Tuesday, Nov. 15 is National Memory Testing Day, a project of the National Alzheimer’s Foundation.