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Addressing Inequalities In Agitation Among Disinvested Communities With Alzheimer’s Disease

Agitation is a complex and challenging neuropsychiatric symptom in Alzheimer’s disease1, and it is associated with increased economic, healthcare, individual, and care partner burden. Unfortunately, agitation associated with Alzheimer’s disease is highly prevalent and poses significant challenges in accessing effective care, particularly for individuals from disinvested and underrepresented ethnicities. The expression of agitation associated with Alzheimer’s Disease is increasing in minority older adults, exacerbating these challenges2. Agitation in Alzheimer’s Disease is associated with increased economic, healthcare, individual, and care partner burden as well.3 In this webinar, our expert speaker will explore the barriers to treatment access and challenges faced by the medical community in delivering equitable care to agitated individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease from diverse backgrounds.


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  3. Anatchkova, M., & Brooks, A. (2019). Agitation in patients with dementia: a systematic review of epidemiology and association with severity and course. International Psychogeriatrics, 31(9), 1305–1318. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1041610218001898


April D.-Thames

April D. Thames, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychiatry, Chief Psychologist of Adult Division (Psychology) at UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences


John Awad, MD (OPDC)

Senior Medical Science Liaison


Nneka Okonkwor, PharmD, MBA (OPDC)

Medical Science Liaison

April D. Thames, Ph.D., is a paid consultant of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. (OPDC)
John Awad, MD and Nneka Okonkwor, PharmD, MBA, are paid employees of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. (OPDC)

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