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Empowering Aging Latinos through Alzheimer’s Community Outreach

Jocelyn Apodaca Schlossberg, a senior writer for UCLA Health Communications, conversed with Dr. Mirella Díaz-Santos (@MirellaDiazSan1) about her abuela (grandma) and her work alongside our Latino/a/x-Hispanic communities raising awareness about Alzheimer's disease in order to change policy, so the next generations have what they need to go from surviving to thriving.

UCLA Health: Empowering Aging Latinos through Alzheimer’s Community Outreach

Alzheimer’s Disease in Bilingual Latinos

Dr. Mirella Díaz-Santos, alongside her colleagues from UCLA Hispanic Neuropsychiatric Center of Excellence [HNCE], Dr. Paola Suarez (Co-Director of HNCE Cultural Neuropsychology Program) and Dr. Janet Yáñez (HNCE Fellow), recently published their work entitled, "Alzheimer’s Disease in Bilingual Latinos: Clinical Decisions for Diagnosis and Treatment Planning," on the Journal of Health Service Psychology. This paper highlights the heterogeneity in the clinical expression of Alzheimer’s disease among bilingual Latino/as, the clinical decisions leading to a culturally and linguistically congruent neuropsychological assessment, and the interdisciplinary, multi-setting partnerships needed to ensure a healthy longevity post-diagnosis for the patient, the caregiver, and the family.

For more information, visit:
Díaz-Santos, M., Yáñez, J. & Suarez, P.A. Alzheimer’s Disease in Bilingual Latinos: Clinical Decisions for Diagnosis and Treatment Planning. J Health Serv Psychol (2021).

Effect of Levetiracetam on Cognition in Patients With Alzheimer Disease With and Without Epileptiform Activity

Dr. Keith Vossel, Professor of Neurology and Director of the UCLA Easton Center, published the highly anticipated results of a phase 2a randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial of the anti-seizure medication levetiracetam for Alzheimer’s disease. This study was published in JAMA Neurology. The clinical trial showed that levetiracetam improves cognitive functions in Alzheimer’s patients with epileptic activity. The publication was featured in UCLA Health News and other news resources such as Newswise, Science Daily, News Medical, and more.  

New Research Suggests that Covid-19 Could Lead to Cognitive Decline

Dr. Keith Vossel, Professor of Neurology,and Director of the Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer's Disease Research at UCLA, David Geffen School of Medicine, was interviewed for a July 29th The Washington Post article suggesting that coronavirus infection may lead to cognitive decline.

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