Dakota Paul

Date of Award


First Advisor

Anne O'Dwyer

Second Advisor

David Myers


This thesis project outlines contemporary topics and issues in understanding and treating dementia and dementia-related disorders (e.g., Alzheimer’s). The analysis begins by reviewing what is understood regarding the biochemical, molecular, and genetic bases of dementia. The analysis then examines risk factors for dementia (including gender and racial disparities in diagnosis), issues associated with diet and the quality of caregiving, and more alternative treatments and therapies (such as horticultural therapies). In each realm, the thesis explores areas for possible improvements that can be made in non-pharmacological interventions (specifically dementia caregiver training), and further examines the relationship between those proposed improvements and their potential impact on reducing neurodegeneration and increasing life expectancy in patients with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The project culminates with a survey proposal designed to assess caregiver training and education on dementia care.

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