Dementia in Society

Dementia is a deterioration of cognitive function that begins with mild cognitive impairment, which appears just like forgetfulness, and eventually ends in death.

There are many causes of the disease such as stroke, chronic alcohol abuse and Alzheimer’s but there is no way to reverse the damage of the brain’s degeneration.

Dr. Mario D. Garrett of San Diego State University’s School of Social Work discusses the social impacts of dementia, such as the way dementia is classified by institutions and even the errors he has found in the way dementia is perceived.

Watch “Brain Fitness: Social Aspects of Dementia and Mild Cognitive Impairment – Research on Aging”  from the Stein Institute for Research on Aging to hear Garrett explain the revolution in dementia studies and the necessity for dementia victims to have social interaction.

Watch this other video on Dementia with Dr. Berneet Kaur.

Say that again? Hope for Age-Related Hearing Loss

One in ten Americans is affected by hearing loss significant enough to make them seek treatment.

Dr. Allen Ryan, professor of surgery and professor of neurosciences at UC San Diego’s School of Medicine, presents “New Methods for the Treatment of Hearing and Balance Disorders,” in which he reveals his research for potential treatments of hearing loss.

Watch as Ryan explains the inner workings of the ear, what exactly goes wrong to cause hearing loss, and his work with mice that might lead to a cure.

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Alzheimer’s Prevention Program: Keep Your Brain Healthy for the Rest of Your Life

Someone in America is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s every 68 seconds. Is there a way to keep this disease at bay?

Dr. Gary Small, a professor of psychiatry and director of the UCLA Longevity Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior, suggests there may be.

In “Alzheimer’s Prevention Program: Keep Your Brain Healthy for the Rest of Your Life,” Dr. Small examines the connection between lifestyle choices and susceptibility and offers physical and mental preventative strategies, including stress relief and cross-training your brain.

The program premieres on UCSD-TV tonight (Feb. 14) at 8pm, or get a jump on your brain betterment by watching it now online.

Also make sure to watch UCTV Prime’s original webseries,“Heartache & Hope: America’s Alzheimer’s Epidemic,” featuring Dr. Small and his UCLA colleagues who’ve made some promising strides in their Alzheimer’s research.

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Aging and Driving: A Complex Combination

To many senior citizens, driving means much more than having a set of keys. Losing the ability to drive can often impact one’s sense of mobility, freedom and independence.

What are the effects of aging on our ability to drive and how do you know when it’s time to no longer be behind the wheel?

Linda Hill, clinical professor and UC San Diego in the School of Medicine, discusses coping strategies for aging drivers and shares options for those in driving retirement in “Aging and Driving: A Complex Combination,” the latest talk in the Stein Institute for Research on Aging series. The program premieres tonight (Jan. 10) at 8pm and is online now.

Stem Cells and the Future of Medicine

There’s a lot of talk about the promise of stem cells, but do you really understand what’s getting researchers so excited?

Well, now’s your chance to learn from the man who literally wrote the book on it, Lawrence Goldstein, Director of UC San Diego’s Stem Cell Program, and author of Stem Cells for Dummies.

In “Stem Cells and the Future of Medicine,” the latest program from the Stein Institute for Research on Aging, Dr. Goldstein shares the basic principles of stem cells and examines the promise they offer and how they can be safely and effectively employed.

The show premieres tonight (Sept 13) at 8pm on UCSD-TV or you can just go ahead and watch it now online.