Date of Award
Master of Physician Assistant Studies
Physician Assistant Education
Recent studies indicate that in the United States 6.1 million people had clinical Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) or mild cognitive impairment in 2017. This number is expected to grow to 15 million by 2060.1 The World Alzheimer Report of 2015 estimated the global cost of AD to be one trillion US dollars in 2018, and AD is currently ranked as the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.2 As life expectancy throughout the world increases, these numbers will continue to grow. Interventions and preventative measures are important to implement in all patient populations as they could delay disease onset or progression. If lifestyle modifications could delay a clinical diagnosis of AD by one year, there would be 9.2 million less AD patients by the year 2050.
Escoto, Becca E., "Which diet should providers recommend to patients to help reduce their risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s Disease?" (2020). Physician Assistant Program Capstones. 55.