Five million Americans, or 1.6% of the population, have Alzheimer’s dementia or related dementias (ADRD), and this proportion is expected to double by 2060. Cognitive, behavioral, and personality changes associated with dementia can increase the risk of firearm injury. Firearms are common in the homes of people with dementia and in these homes, many guns are kept loaded.
On Tuesday September 21st, in the fifth episode of our webinar series, Dr. Emmy Betz will discuss what clinicians can do to help patients and families navigate the challenges associated with dementia and firearms.
Mark your calendar for every third Tuesday of the month at noon PDT for more brief talks on firearm injury prevention.
Emmy Betz, MD, MPH
Dr. Betz is a board-certified emergency physician who works clinically at the University of Colorado Hospital and conducts research in injury epidemiology and prevention. She is currently a Professor of Emergency Medicine (University of Colorado School of Medicine), Director of the Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative at the Injury and Violence Prevention Center (University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus), and a Research Physician at the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Core (Eastern Colorado VA). She is a nationally-recognized expert in firearm injury prevention, particularly in older adults and for suicide prevention. She co-founded and leads the Colorado Firearm Safety Coalition, a collaborative effort between public health and medical professionals and firearm retailers to reduce firearm suicides. She serves as PI and Co-I on multiple research projects funded through the National Institutes of Health and private foundations, including work focused on firearm access in dementia.