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Dr. Gary Small

Bestselling authority on the brain, aging, and Alzheimer's disease

The only “cure” for Alzheimer’s disease is prevention. Dr. Gary Small, director of the UCLA Longevity Center at the university’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior and professor of psychiatry at UCLA’s Geffen School of Medicine, has developed a breakthrough program to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s. Together with his wife, writer and producer Gigi Vorgan, he has written THE ALZHEIMER’S PREVENTION PROGRAM: Keep Your Brain Healthy for the Rest of Your Life. The couple also coauthored the bestseller The Memory Bible.

Alzheimer’s is poised to become the world’s greatest epidemic, with a new American diagnosed every 70 seconds—which will become every 30 seconds by midcentury. To alleviate what Dr. Small calls “the Alzheimer’s fear factor,” THE ALZHEIMER’S PREVENTION PROGRAM shows the reader how to take control, beginning with an assessment test checking everything from recall to physical balance. From this baseline, it introduces the seven-day jumpstart program: memory techniques and daily mental workouts, healthy brain nutrition, stress-reduction strategies, and the best aerobic and strength exercises.

To address the debate over Alzheimer’s risk factors, Dr. Small makes a strong argument as to why we can prevent Alzheimer’s disease. “The available scientific evidence is compelling that a healthy brain lifestyle not only prevents diseases that increase our risk for Alzheimer’s, but can also improve memory and mental acuity quickly,” he says. “One thing I’ve learned through my medical practice and research is that an effective Alzheimer’s prevention program also has to be fun and easy to use. When people notice benefits right away, it motivates them to change their behaviors, which then become new healthy habits.”

Dr. Small has been named one of the world’s leading innovators in science and technology by Scientific American magazine, and his research, supported by the National Institutes of Health, has made headlines in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and USA Today. He is known for his ability to both entertain and teach. Whether giving a keynote address to thousands of AARP attendees, lecturing to medical students, or leading a workshop for Silicon Valley CEOs, Small deftly translates cutting-edge science into everyday language that everyone can understand.

He has appeared on the Today show, Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, PBS, and CNN, and has spoken at the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Congress, the American Psychiatric Association, the Alzheimer’s Association, Microsoft, Google, Bloomberg, the University of London, the World Science Festival, and the European Forum.

Speaking Topics

  • The Alzheimer's Prevention Program: Keep Your Brain Healthy for the Rest of Your Life
  • Alzheimer's Risk Factors: What's Real, What's Hype?
  • Improving Your Memory and Exercising Your Brain: Making It Easy and Fun
  • The New Technology: Is it Good or Bad for Your Brain?


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