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ALZ 101

Today, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s Disease (or AD), and another 10 million “baby boomers” will develop AD as they age. 

The vast majority of our aging population will report loss of memory as a concern at some point. Memory loss can be a scary symptom, especially given the range of possible causes. It could be explained by something as simple as a vitamin deficiency, or something much more serious, such as Parkinson’s Disease or AD.

The key to treatment is finding out early if you have cause for concern or if your loss of memory is part of the normal aging process. Did you know that AD can actually be delayed thanks to exciting new treatment options, if administered in early enough stages of AD?

Annual Wellness Visit FAQ

Under the Affordable Care Act (the health care reform law), Medicare will now pay for an annual wellness visit, which will include the creation of a personalized prevention plan and detection of possible cognitive impairment. This new benefit began on January 1, 2011. More →

Annual Wellness Visit Package

The Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) is a Medicare program that reimburses providers for delivering annual preventative screenings to Medicare patients.  The program is free to patients, and an excellent opportunity for physicians to improve overall patient care and generate revenue for their practice. More →

Daily Care Tips

Currently I'm following 2,300 Alzheimer's patients in my practice.  These patients are all unique and, in spite of the commonality of the symptoms, each individual experiences life with Alzheimer's or Mild Cognitive Impairment differently.  And the loved ones and care givers of these individuals encounter an entirely different set of challenges.  Here I will share with you some tips for daily care, to help you better cope with the struggles that accompany this illness. More →

Diagnosis and Treatment

With all the progress of the past decade, we as physicians can now diagnose Alzheimer's Disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment both with high accuracy, and in very early stages of the disease.   Here I will discuss diagnostic options, as well as current and new treatments becoming available.  This section is a work in progress and will be updated regularly. More →

Dietary Supplement for Memory Loss

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As a neurologist people often ask me what they can do to avoid, or prevent Alzheimer's. While I'd love to tell them we have a vaccination for it, we simply don't. However, we know today that there are LOTS of ways to delay the onset or slow the progression of the disease. Most of these don't cost a thing, just a little time and personal commitment . Here I'm going to describe some of these preventive measures. Be sure to sign up for our free newsletter (bottom of this page) to stay informed on the latest research. More →


Here are a few other resources for additional information. More →

Scientific Notes

The following works were referenced in the development of the COGselftest. More →


As a neurologist of 25 years and Alzheimer's specialist for 10, I have a lot of people come to see me with concerns about changes in their ability to remember things like they used to. Becoming aware of memory deficits can be a very scary thing to face and so the concerns of my patients are not unfounded.

In this section I will walk you through some basic information about the differences between forgetfulness which we might consider "normal," and the more serious variety of memory loss for which I would recommend further testing. More →


The COGselftest works easily within a physicians practice. Many people in early stages of Alzheimer’s disease are going undiagnosed in the primary care setting, due to the previously available extensive and sometimes complicated testing procedures. More →

What Causes AD?

The nerve cells, or neurons, in a healthy brain process information and transmit it along branches that connect in a complex network called a neuron forest. Your thought processes and memories travel through that neuron forest as electrical charges; chemical bursts called neurotransmitters carry information from cell to cell. Over the years, information and experiences create patterns in the brain that help us to retain memories, skills, knowledge and more. More →

What exactly is Alzheimer's Disease?

Alzheimer's, or AD, is a progressive brain disease that destroys brain cells, eventually eroding memory, thought processes and behavior until the person is no longer able to work, enjoy hobbies, or have meaningful relationships with others. It is not a normal aspect of aging. More →

More about the Test

Learn more about what makes COGselftest a valid and accurate measure of mild cognitive impairment and AD.

More about Alzheimer's

Browse our Alzheimer´┐Żs resources to learn more about symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, care and more.