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UCLA to launch unique, comprehensive Alzheimer's and dementia care program
Date:3/14/2012

ething that had to be kept secret," Reagan said. "There was no place to go to learn more, no one to talk to and share our feelings with. It was a very lonely and frightening time for us. It's still a lonely time for a lot of people, which is why I'm so glad this new program exists.

"I'm pleased and very proud that Patti is a part of it, and I am confident it will help a lot of people."

The program, which could serve as a model for other health centers around the country, is being funded by Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center; the division of geriatric medicine in the UCLA Department of Medicine; the division of geriatric psychiatry in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences; the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; and a generous donor.

Davis, along with Linda Ercoli, director of geriatric psychology in the UCLA Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, will lead support groups for families affected by the disease.

"It's a role I'm familiar with because my family went through a decade of my father's illness under the glare of the public spotlight," Davis said. "The program of support groups will do a lot to ease the loneliness and fear that come with being in a family with Alzheimer's."

The UCLA Alzheimer's and Dementia Care program will have three main components: the creation of a dementia registry; a needs-assessment of patients listed in the registry; and individualized dementia-care plans based on those assessments.

Care plans could include the following:

  • Consultations with neurology, psychiatry and geriatrics staff.
  • Monitoring for disease progression and complications for all patients.
  • Support groups through Patti Davis' Beyond Alzheimer's program.
  • Advanced-care planning, with consultations from the UCLA Ethics Center.
  • Intensive dementia-care management by a nurse practitioner.
  • Hospitalization, when needed, at the Santa MonicaUC
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Contact: Enrique Rivero
erivero@mednet.ucla.edu
310-794-0777
University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences
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