Alzheimer's Disease Center
University of California, Davis
The Family Connection
Area Physicians Gather to Learn about Alzheimer's Disease
More than 100 primary care physicians and other health care professionals gathered at a special conference on Saturday, May 31, to learn more about the diagnosis, treatment and research of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
"Geriatric Medicine moves into the 21st Century" was co-sponsored by the UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center in an effort to share expertise with area health providers about the disease and educate the physician community about local resources to benefit patients, families and caregivers.
The day-long event provided an opportunity for local providers to gleen information about the latest in drug treatment, diagnosis research and ethical issues related to Alzheimer's disease.
Physicians are more interested than ever in learning about the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's disease because there are two medications available on the market and research for the disease is rapidly progressing. "Today there are medications that can treat the symptoms. Alzheimer's disease can be diagnosed through a process of getting a careful personal history, mental and physical tests, clinical judgment, and the exclusion of other possibilities," says Dr. William Jagust, Director of the UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center.