Alzheimer’s/Dementia

Today, 5.4 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer's disease. And over the next few decades, the number of people with Alzheimer's is expected to soar to 16 million. Alzheimer's disease affects one in eight people over age 65 and half of all people aged 85 and older. But Alzheimer's is not a normal part of aging, and treatment and support are essential to maintaining a decent quality of life.

At Indiana University Health Neuroscience, our specialized experts 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 if the disease is progressing despite treatment, our specialists can provide an expert second opinion or treatment.

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1. Diagnosis  
2. Treatment Options  
   

Diagnosis

Alzheimer's disease and dementia often go undetected or misdiagnosed in the early stages. People with younger-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 mental status testing. We use the most advanced brain-imaging technology, including MRI, PET and CT, to rule out other neurological conditions.

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Treatment Options

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 IU Health Neuroscience are investigating the use of other 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. Clinicians and researchers participate in ongoing clinical studies to further the understanding of the cause and progression of the disease so that new, more effective treatments can be identified.

Learn more about Alzheimer's disease.

Learn more about Dementia.

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