Lisa Gwyther, Social Worker and Professor


Lisa P. Gwyther, author of The Alzheimer's Action Plan, is a social worker with 38 years of experience in providing services to the aging and those with Alzheimer's. For 23 years, she's been the education director of the Bryan Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She is also an associate professor in the Duke University Medical Center Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and is the immediate past president of the Gerontological Society of America.


Recently Published on Caring.com

Is brain shrinking an Alzheimer's diagnosis? — Oct 20, 2009
"Some small amount of brain shrinkage" on an MRI is not adequate for a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. No single test or MRI can be used by itself to diagnose Alzheimer's...
Does my friend have Alzheimer's? — Oct 06, 2009
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Is it typical to be afraid to be alone? — Apr 27, 2009
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Can a person still be considered competent after a sundown syndrome diagnosis? — Apr 16, 2009
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What should be done if a stranger seems to be exhibiting dementia symptoms and is alone? — Apr 07, 2009
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Can chronic migraines cause Alzheimer's? — Apr 07, 2009
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Can Alzheimer's suddenly get worse? — Mar 17, 2009
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Could my mother's gag reflex to water be dementia related? — Mar 10, 2009
Your mother's gag reflex to water could be related to her dementia, but difficulty swallowing thin liquids like water is usually a more common symptom of the moderate to se...
Does my husband have symptoms of dementia? — Mar 05, 2009
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How can I deal with changing eating habits? — Sep 28, 2008
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