Model helps define Alzheimer’s timeline

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A new method for predicting time to full-time care, nursing home residence, or death for patients with Alzheimer’s disease has been validated by a Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) research team, as reported by the CUMC Newsroom on Nov. 7.

Using data gathered from a single patient visit, the method is founded upon a complex model of Alzheimer’s disease progression that researchers formulated by consecutively following two sets of Alzheimer’s patients for ten years. The study’s results were first published online Sept. 24 in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Listen below to senior author Yaakov Stern, PhD, professor of neuropsychology at CUMC, explain the implications of the new method on patients with Alzheimer’s and their families: