UCSF Memory and Aging Center uses YouTube to help those affected by dementia

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The UCSF Memory and Aging Center has a dedicated YouTube channel where you can find videos of the center’s doctors and nurses talking about the symptoms and causes of different dementias and about current research in the field.

You can also find videos geared toward the families and caregivers of people with dementia to help cope with the challenges of taking care of a loved one.

Dementia refers to a group of symptoms, such as memory loss, changes in personality or mood, and inability to control emotions, among others, that prevent someone from conducting their daily functions as they normally would. About 5-8% of people over 65 years old have some form of dementia, and it is estimated that as many as 50% of people over 80 years old suffer from it.

Stroke, infections that affect the brain (Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease), and diseases that cause the degeneration of nerve cells in the brain (Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease and Parkinson’s disease) can all lead to dementia, but much remains unknown about the mechanisms behind the condition.

The Memory and Aging Center hopes that the YouTube videos will help to establish better communication between the clinic and the community so that people will reach out and be diagnosed and treated sooner. This will also enable more people to get into clinical trials.

The center also has a Facebook page where people affected by dementia can find support and information.

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