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A Conversation With An Expert In Agitation In Alzheimer’s Dementia, A Person With Lived Experience, & A Care Partner

Alzheimer’s dementia is highly prevalent, under-diagnosed, and predicted to increase significantly in the coming decades due to an aging population. Unfortunately, a large proportion of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) also experience neuropsychiatric symptoms, such as agitation, depression, apathy, and hallucinations. In this webinar, our panelist will be reviewing the epidemiology of AD and accompanying neuropsychiatric symptoms with a focus on agitation. Dr. Jeffery Cummings will have a conversation with two individuals who have unique perspectives on the clinical presentation and experience of agitation in AD. Laurie Scherrer is an individual with early onset AD* and Roy Scherrer is a care partner. The webinar will also provide the most recent definition of agitation from the International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) and highlight clinically validated rating scales to assess agitation in AD.

*This webinar presents one person’s individual experience with dementia and may differ from the presentation experienced by others with Alzheimer’s dementia or other dementia disorders.

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Jeffrey-Cummings

Jeffrey Cummings, MD, ScD

Joy Chambers-Grundy Professor of Brain Science, Vice Chair for Research Director of the Chambers-Grundy Center for Transformative Neuroscience at UNLV

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Jeffrey Cummings, MD, ScD, is Joy Chambers-Grundy Professor of Brain Science, Vice Chair for Research and Director of the Chambers-Grundy Center for Transformative Neuroscience, Department of Brain Health, School for Integrated Health Sciences, UNLV. Dr Cummings is an expert clinical trialist and leader in drug development for Alzheimer’s disease. He has published over 750 peer-reviewed scientific articles and 40 books on Alzheimer’s disease, clinical trials and related topics. His achievements have been recognized by many awards, including the Bengt Winblad Lifetime Achievement Award of the Alzheimer’s Association; the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Society for Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology; the Distinguished Scientist Award of the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry; the Leadership and Achievement Award of the International Society for CNS Drug Development; and the Melvin Goodes Prize of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation.
Laurie-Scherrer

Laurie Scherrer

Individual with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease

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Laurie Scherrer was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s & Frontotemporal Dementia in August of 2013 at the age of 55. Laurie had a career as a banking executive and sales professional. Unable to continue her professional career, Laurie turned her focus towards helping others living with dementia. She is a Dementia Mentor and provides peer support to several people living with dementia. Laurie created and is the co-producer of the Dementia Action Alliance’s (DAA) monthly podcast, Professional Insights, and its online weekly discussion program, Dementia Discussions. Laurie serves on DAA’s Board of Directors and Advisory Board. Besides being a sought-after international speaker, Laurie is involved in countless advocacy projects. Lil Dawg is Laurie’s frequent companion and support dog. She is currently 64 years old.
Roy-Scherrer

Roy Scherrer

Care Partner to an Individual with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease

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Roy Scherrer worked as a Production Planner until 2018 when he retired from his job to work on Laurie’s “Honey Do List”. His plumbing, electrical and carpentry skills are kept busy with changes to their new home. Even today, Roy and Laurie continuously work to identify triggers that cause her confusion and agitation and find strategies to support changing abilities. Roy is currently 71 years old and is living with common variable immunodeficiency. He and Laurie have been married for over 40 years.
Mike-Crooks

Mike Crooks, PharmD, BCGP (OPDC)

Long-Term Care Clinical & Scientific Liaison

Jeffrey Cummings, MD, ScD, Laurie Scherrer, and Roy Scherrer are paid consultants of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.
Mike Crooks is a paid employee of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. 

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