elderly male patient talkig with female doctor325x215Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, degenerative disorder that attacks the brain’s nerve cells, or neurons, resulting in loss of memory, thinking and language skills, and behavioral changes. Alzheimer’s disease is not a standard part of aging.

 

In Lehigh, Berks and Northampton Counties, over 40,000 people are suffering from Alzheimer’s. Unfortunately, the diagnosis is delayed on an average of 2.3 years after the symptoms begin. Nearly half of all people with any form of dementia are never formally diagnosed.

There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. This is why research is so critical. Researchers like the doctors and medical professionals at Lehigh Center for Clinical Research are continually testing the effectiveness of various drug therapies that will control symptoms; slow, reduce and/or reverse mental and behavioral symptoms; in the hopes of treating and preventing the disease.

Memory screens are one of the most effective methods of early detection for Alzheimer’s disease, and it’s a good way to make sure you get appropriate follow-up if there’s a problem.

Memory loss may be the result of a treatable condition, such as medications you are taking, a vitamin deficiency or even depression, and does not necessarily mean that you have Alzheimer’s disease.

The Lehigh Center for Clinical Research is a place where new treatments are being tested with the goal of some of the treatments being approved for clinical use in the future to treat the disease.

For more information, call Lehigh Center for Clinical Research, 610-820-0342, to schedule a free memory screen for you or your loved one. Memory screens are performed free of charge at Lehigh Center for Clinical Research.

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