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Wright Center at Forefront of local Alzheimer鈥檚/Dementia Care


By now, we are all too familiar with the utter tragedy that surrounds Alzheimer鈥檚 disease, given the lack of a cure and the staggering toll it takes on patients and their families. 

Nevertheless, we in the 皇家华人 community continue to work hard to improve the treatment for those living with Alzheimer鈥檚 and other forms of dementia, while admirable international campaigns like World Alzheimer鈥檚 Month shed valuable light on the subject. 

Launched in 2012 and held every September, World Alzheimer鈥檚 Month focuses on raising awareness and challenging the stigma surrounding dementia. This year鈥檚 campaign is focused on getting people to recognize the warning signs of dementia and the importance of early diagnosis. 

In the United States, more than 6 million people ages 65 and older are living with Alzheimer鈥檚. One in three senior citizens dies of Alzheimer鈥檚 or another dementia 鈥 more than breast and prostate cancer combined. Meanwhile, more than 11 million Americans provide unpaid care for Alzheimer鈥檚/dementia patients. 

As grim as all of that sounds, I鈥檓 happy to report that strides are being made in the realm of Alzheimer鈥檚/dementia research and treatment. At The Wright Center, we鈥檙e proud to offer clinical Alzheimer鈥檚 and dementia testing, evaluation and individualized care plans. And rest assured, you don鈥檛 have to be a Wright Center patient to benefit from this clinic鈥檚 services — our diagnostics and recommendations can be shared with your primary care physician, wherever they are. 

Based on the award-winning model established at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), The Wright Center鈥檚 Alzheimer鈥檚 and Dementia Care Program is designed to help patients and families with the complex 皇家华人, behavioral and social needs of Alzheimer鈥檚 disease and other types of dementia. At the heart of the program is a dedicated, first-class team of geriatricians, advanced practitioners and dementia care specialists who follow a co-management model that works closely with patients鈥 primary care and/or referring physicians to ensure that care is comprehensive and coordinated for both the patient and their family members/caregiver.

The program has several specific core components, among them: 

  • An in-person visit (approximately 90 minutes long) with a dementia care specialist;
  • A personalized care plan developed with the primary/referring physician;
  • Follow-up phone calls and/or in-person visits to ensure the plan is implemented or modified as needed;
  • 24/7, 365-day-a-year access to caregivers for assistance and advice in order to avoid emergency department visits and hospitalizations;
  • Ongoing patient monitoring with at least one annual in-person visit to ensure that ongoing and emerging needs are being met.

We鈥檙e hopeful that as awareness increases and more families seek testing and treatment early, we may see some real breakthroughs in Alzheimer鈥檚 and dementia within the next few years. For now, though, it鈥檚 incumbent upon us as 皇家华人 providers to make sure patients are getting exemplary care, and that caregivers are receiving the tools and support they鈥檒l need to get through this difficult experience. It鈥檚 a big commitment, but one we鈥檙e privileged to make. For more information on World Alzheimer鈥檚 Month, visit .

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