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According to the National Institute on Aging, one of the 27 National Institutes of Health, “there are approximately 35 million Americans age 65 or older, and this number is expected to double in the next 25 years. The oldest old – people age 85 or older – constitute the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population.” This trend has significant political and social ramifications on the impact on medical care. For patients, quality of life during the aging process is perhaps the greatest personal concern.

Aging is the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. The incidence of Alzheimer’s disease doubles in frequency every five years after age 60, afflicting 1% of those aged 60-64 but rising to 30-40% percent of those 85 years and older. Examination at autopsy remains the only definitive method to diagnosis AD, leaving no reliable method during a patient’s lifetime to know the onset of the disease, its progression or prognosis.

Meet Dr. Wisco

Dr. Wisco earned his Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology (1996 – 2003) at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) where he studied the association of brain structure changes and memory impairment in a Rhesus monkey animal model for normal aging under the tutelage of Dr. Douglas L. Rosene. He trained as a clinical anatomist, becoming and expert in human gross anatomy, microscopic anatomy, neuroscience and embryology.