March 02, 2012
Learn about Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, and ways to support research at UCI MIND
Is dementia the same as Alzheimer’s disease? Dr. Cordula Dick-Muehlke, Director of Education at UCI MIND, answers this common question and describes Mild Cognitive Impairment, the transitional stage between normal aging and dementia.
In January 2012, UCI MIND was awarded a $25,000 grant by the S. L. Gimbel Foundation in support of Memory Screening and Education to Advance Alzheimer’s Disease Research. Funding will enable UCI MIND to educate the community about memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias as well as opportunities to participate in ongoing studies through a variety of outreach activities. Additionally, funding will support development of a two-step (i.e., online and in-person) memory and research interest screening.
Once the project is completed, visitors to the UCI MIND website will be able to access brief online screening tools that assess memory, mood and everyday living abilities as well as interest in research participation. When the online screening suggests need for further evaluation, the user, if interested in research, will be referred to UCI MIND Memory Assessment and Research Center (MARC) for a secondary in-person screening to clarify the nature of the cognitive problem and assess eligibility for participation in ongoing studies. In-person screenings will be conducted by Dr. Steve Savlov, a licensed clinical psychologist with a special interest in mindfulness meditation (see article on page XX), and Dr. Malcolm Dick, senior neuropsychologist at the MARC. Any user who is not interested in research but needs further evaluation will be given appropriate referrals.