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Averting the Crisis of Alzheimer’s Disease: The Role of Public Policy

Cordula Dick-Muehlke, Ph.D., UC Irvine MIND
Jun 07, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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In this talk, Dr. Cordula Dick-Muehlke, Director of Education at UCI MIND, will address the multiple challenges that the growing epidemic of Alzheimer’s disease presents to our state and the nation, and highlight key elements of the California State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease, released to the California Legislature last year, and the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease, now in the final stages of development.  Attendees will learn about the important contributions being made by the state-funded California Alzheimer’s Disease Centers, located at the University of California Irvine Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND) and nine other academic institutions statewide.

C_Dick_MuehlkeCordula Dick-Muehlke, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist who has dedicated her career to bettering the lives of people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families, joined the University of California, Irvine Institute for Memory Impairments as the Director of Education in January 2012.  Recognized as the 2011 Dementia Care Professional of the Year by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, Dr. Dick-Muehlke has spent the past 17 years as executive director of Alzheimer’s Family Services Center in Huntington Beach, where her leadership led to development of a state-of-the-art facility, built in partnership with Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, and a continuum of programs to support persons from the earliest to most advanced stages of dementia and their families.
An impassioned advocate for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their care partners, Dr. Dick-Muehlke has served as the Chair of the California Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Advisory Committee, the President of the California Association of Adult Day Services, and a member of the California Alzheimer’s Disease State Plan Task Force.  Since 1990, she has given nearly 400 presentations to professional and lay audiences on a myriad of topics, such as the subtypes of dementia, treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, management of neuropsychiatric symptoms, successful aging,  living with memory loss, and spiritual care, just to  name a few.  A skilled writer, Cordula has co-authored a number of articles investigating motor learning with Dr. Malcolm Dick, Senior Neuropsychologist at the UCI MIND Memory Assessment Clinic and her husband of nearly 20 years.
Dr. Dick-Muehlke received her bachelor’s degree in English from Portland State University in 1975, a master’s in counseling psychology from the University of Portland in 1985, a second master’s degree in theology from Fuller Seminary in 1988, and her doctorate in clinical psychology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in 1993.



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