Health Matters

Dealing With Dementia

Guest: Dr. Steven Starks


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Approximately 50 million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Dr. Steven Starks, clinical assistant professor at the College and a geriatric psychiatrist at the Tillman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine has information you should know.

“By 2025, nearly half-a-million Texans will have Alzheimer's disease. This disease is the most common dementia – affecting more than 6 million Americans. Unlike normal changes of ageing, dementia affects a person's ability to function in their daily routine and worsens over time.”

“Signs of dementia can vary greatly and may include memory problems, difficulty reasoning, planning and organizing, trouble communicating and confusion.”

If there's a concern, here are some steps to take:

  • Talk to your doctor to get tested. Treatment of dementia depends on underlying causes.
  • Have a family meeting to discuss issues related to future health care needs, possible changes over time and needed supports.

If you need resources on dementia for yourself, a friend, a family member or a caregiver, please contact the Alzheimer's Association by calling 1-800-272-3900 or visit

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