Jefferson University Hospitals

Alzheimer's Disease

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Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. It causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. One in 10 people ages 65 and older has Alzheimer’s disease. Although medications cannot cure Alzheimer’s disease or stop its progression, treatments for symptoms are available. Jefferson researchers are working to find better ways to treat or delay the disease.

Alzheimer’s Disease Symptoms

Alzheimer’s changes happen in a part of the brain that affects learning. The most common symptom is difficulty remembering recently learned information. As the disease progresses, other symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • Disorientation
  • Mood and behavior changes
  • Confusion about events, time and places
  • Unjustified suspicions about family, friends and caregivers
  • Worsening memory loss and behavior changes
  • Difficulty speaking, swallowing and walking

Why Choose Jefferson?

The Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience at Jefferson is dedicated to progressing the research, education, and treatment of neurological diseases and conditions. Our neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroscience researchers and psychiatrists work together to provide the most comprehensive care in the region.

Make an Appointment

To learn more about Alzheimer's disease or make an appointment with a specialist, call 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669).