Alzheimer’s & Dementia
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Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias have become an epidemic. Every 67 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is expected to rise over the next 20 years. At Indiana University Health, we’re here to make a difference. With more than 13 active studies and clinical trials, we are accelerating the fight to end Alzheimer’s for the next generation.
At the Indiana University Health Neuroscience Center, our specialists are nationally recognized for their innovative management and treatment of Alzheimer's disease and dementia. We use sophisticated technology to aid in diagnosis, and our multidisciplinary team of neurologists, neuroradiologists and neuropsychologists provides comprehensive, compassionate care and support.
If a person is in need of definitive diagnosis or has AIDS Dementia Complex, a type of dementia that occurs in advanced stages of AIDS, our specialists can provide an expert second opinion or treatment.
Alzheimer's disease and dementia often go undetected or misdiagnosed in the early stages. People with early-onset Alzheimer's, in particular, are often misdiagnosed with stress or depression. No matter what the age of onset, an accurate, early diagnosis is important so that people can begin medication to control symptoms.
There is no single test that confirms Alzheimer's disease. Diagnosis is made following a thorough physical and neurological examination, laboratory testing and cognitive testing. We use advanced brain-imaging technology, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET) scan and computerized tomography (CT) scan to rule out other neurological conditions.
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There is no cure for Alzheimer's disease, but medication can help manage symptoms and even delay progression in some people who are in the early stages of the disease.
Physician-scientists at the IU Health Neuroscience Center are investigating the use of new therapies to slow the advance of the disease. The Indiana University Center for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders at Indiana University School of Medicine is at the leading edge of Alzheimer’s research.
Through collaboration with the Indiana University School of Medicine, the Alzheimer’s and dementia team is working to find better treatment options today and to discover better diagnostic and risk factors for earlier treatment for tomorrow. Someday we hope that our efforts will result in ending Alzheimer’s disease.
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