New Directions for Alzheimer and Dementia Treatment

Decades of efforts to find effective medical treatments for dementia and Alzheimers disease have largely failed. Would a public health approach be more effective?

Medical approaches to treating dementia and Alzheimer disease have been mostly unsuccessful. In this Mental Health Minute, Peter J. Whitehouse, MD, PhD, recommends that clinicians go beyond biomedical approaches. Instead, he advocates a suite of public health approaches, based on the research in his latest book, American Dementia: Brain Health in an Unhealthy Society

Dr Whitehouse is professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University, and professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Along with Daniel R. George, PhD, MSc, of American Dementia: Brain Health in an Unhealthy Society.

How could you incorporate public health into your practice? Share comments with your colleagues by emailing PTEditor@mmhgroup.com. Comments may be shared online pending review and editing for style.