Professor of Psychiatry
School of Medicine and Public Health | Department of Psychiatry
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Art Walaszek is a geriatric psychiatrist, medical educator and public health researcher at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. In his clinical practice, Art cares for older adults with dementia, depression, anxiety and other psychiatric disorders. Art oversees education in the Department of Psychiatry, and directs the Psychiatry Residency. In his roles at the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute, Art helps implement public health and educational interventions to improve the care of people with dementia. His book, “Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia,” serves as a guide to healthcare professionals caring for people with dementia.
About 90% of people with dementia suffer from depression, anxiety, and other mental health symptoms. In this talk, we will discuss how best to address these symptoms, and thereby improve the quality of life of people with dementia and their caregivers
Older adults may face many stressors, including illness, loneliness, and loss. These in turn can lead to depression and anxiety. Fortunately, these are conditions that can be identified and addressed – so that older adults’ quality of life can be improved.