Episode 5: Dementia as a Global Challenge – the International Partners Study of the HRS
According to an estimate published in 2015, the global prevalence of dementia was projected to nearly triple between 2015 and 2050, growing from 46 million to over 130 million people globally. And of that worldwide share, 70% of those with dementia will be in low- and middle-income countries. Tackling and ideally preventing dementia requires a global perspective. In this episode, Matt & Donovan speak with Dr. Lindsay Kobayashi, a faculty member in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health whose research focuses on the social epidemiology of aging from a global perspective. Dr. Kobayashi introduces us to a whole new world of data available to help researchers tackle dementia as a global challenge. You can listen to the episode, or read the transcript, on the Michigan Medicine Podcasting Network or your favorite podcasting platform (linked here on Apple, Spotify, and Google).
Episode 6: Vision Impairment as a Risk Factor for Dementia
The population of older adults living with dementia is expected to swell to nearly 14 million by 2050 and is estimated to cost the US economy more than 500 billion each year. In the absence of a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, the primary cause of dementia, there’s interest in understanding modifiable risk factors. In theory, getting a handle on the modifiable risk factors for dementia, would enable public health efforts to reduce cognitive decline in dementia at the population level. We’ve come a long way in understanding the risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias. However, there’s still work to be done. In this episode, we’ll speak with Dr. Josh Ehrlich, a researcher at the University of Michigan, who has examined vision impairment as a risk factor for dementia. You can listen to the episode, or read the transcript, on the Michigan Medicine Podcasting Network or your favorite podcasting platform (linked here on Apple, Spotify, and Google).