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Transforming the unknown and unspoken of aging into an exploration and celebration of life’s final stages.
Standing on the shore, the oncoming Alzheimer’s epidemic looks like a tsunami to many. But to those engaged daily in the pursuit of prevention, cure and quality-of-life care related to aging and memory loss, there is no reason to panic.
In fact, it’s just the opposite.
The UCLA Longevity Center is a place where prognostication turns practical. If 5 million Americans currently suffer from Alzheimer’s, and that number is supposed to triple by 2050, it’s time to start another clinical trial. If we currently spend $200 billion on dementia care, and it’s estimated to grow to $1.2 trillion in the next three decades, it’s time for another peer review. If 80 percent of care to memory-impaired individuals is provided by unpaid family members — and one-third of those caregivers report signs of depression — it’s time to start another support group.
Helping people live better and longer is the mission of the UCLA Longevity Center, which stands at the forefront of cutting-edge research, early and accurate diagnosis, and groundbreaking quality-of-life programming related to aging and memory loss.
The Longevity Center is part of the university’s broader geriatric program and outreach, which has been ranked No. 2 nationwide by U.S. News & World Report for the past 20 years. Supporting the center’s ongoing effort to turn scientific discovery into daily applications serves the clinical, research, caregiver and patient communities.
So if demographic data suggest a health-care and financial tidal wave is approaching, the UCLA Longevity Center is society’s “command and control center,” where panic gives way to planning, prevention and empowerment.
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