Clinical Medicine, Radiology and Bioimaging, Rehabilitation

Geriatric Behavioral Neurology

To Study the Neuroscience of Dementia and Contribute to the Welfare of Elderly People

Faculty

MEGURO, KenichiMEGURO, Kenichi
MEGURO, Kenichi

Professor, M.D. Ph.D.

Research Theme

  • To establish a method for assessing cognitive functions of older adults and database
  • To develop a comprehensive model for dementia including medical and welfare management based on the neurological basis
  • To improve the level of medical and welfare for dementia and education
Research Keywords:

neuroepidemiology, dementia, psychosocial intervention

Technical Keywords:

Alzheimer's disease, neuropsychology, psychosocial intervention

Laboratory Introduction

Background
Since 1988, Tohoku University and Tajiri have been performed the community-based stroke, dementia, and bed-confinement prevention in the town of Tajiri (the Tajiri Project). We have reported the prevalence of dementia to be 8.5% among older adults aged 65 years or over. However, dementia patients in a community do not always receive an adequate medical and welfare management based on a scientific evidence including diagnosis of dementing diseases, psychosocial intervention, and caregiver education. Therefore, the Department of Geriatric Behavioral Neurology aims the followings.
Purposes
1. To establish a method for assessing cognitive functions of older adults and database
2. To develop a comprehensive model for dementia including medical and welfare management based on the neurological basis
3. To improve the level of medical and welfare for dementia and education

Recent Publications

  • Akanuma K, et al. Singing can improve speech function in aphasics associated with intact right basal ganglia and preserve right temporal glucose: Implications for singing therapy indication. Int J Neurosc 2016 Jan;126(1):39-45.
  • Liu YC, et al. More delusions may be observed in low-proficient multilingual Alzheiemr’s disease patients. PLos One 2015 Nov10;10(11):e0140714.
  • Nakamura K, Kasai M, et al. The group reminiscence approach can increase self-awareness of memory deficits and evoke a life review in people with mild cognitive impairment: The Kurihara Project data. J Am Med Direc Assoc 2016 (in press).
  • Nakatsuka M, et al. A cluster randomized controlled trial of nonpharmacological interventions for old-old subjects with a Clinical Dementia Rating of 0.5: The Kurihara Project. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord Extra 2015 May 30;5(2);221-232.
  • Meguro K, et al. Lifetime expectancy and quality-adjusted life-year in Alzheimer’s disease with and without cerebrovascular disease: Effects of nursing home replacement and donepezil administration ? A retrospective analysis in the Tajiri Project. BMC Neurol 2015 Nov 5;15:227.