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DFW Researchers Investigate Alzheimer's Disease

Diverse group of senior adults coming together at a support group and listening attentively to one another.

The Dallas Morning News

Adithi Ramakrishnan

Researchers at UT Southwestern, UT Dallas and more are studying Alzheimer’s effect on the brain.


Brain health researchers across North Texas are working to understand how Alzheimer's disease affects the brain – and how to help people stave off cognitive decline.A diagnosis of Alzheimer's impacts more than one person. Care partners and families also feel the effects of this disease. Researchers at Center for BrainHealth have spent decades concentrating on ways to extend quality of life for families living with the disease.A 2004 BrainHealth study indicates that how people with an early diagnosis spend their time and focus their attention can make a real difference. Participants who engaged in group interventions, sharing stories about their lives and interests (while taking doctor-prescribed medications), reported improved happiness and slower decline, compared to individuals relying on medication alone.


“We don’t want people to just focus on the reality and the negative and the challenges, but to step back and realize there’s still life to live, and there’s still a way forward.” Audette Rackley, MS, CCC-SLP, assistant director of strength-based programs
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Audette Rackley, MS, CCC-SLP

Assistant Director, Strength-Based Programs Research Clinician

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