Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's Disease is the most common form of dementia or mental impairment due to aging.  As many as 5.2 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer's and 10 million baby boomers will develop the disease in their lifetime, according to the Alzheimer's Association.

This fatal brain disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States.

Alzheimer's is a complex disease and the cause is not yet clear. It destroys brain cells, causing problems with memory, thinking and behavior severe enough to affect work, lifelong hobbies or social life.

Diagnosis

Unfortunately, Alzheimer's can only be confirmed during an autopsy. However, some imaging technologies, including PET and MRI, can help provide clues about the disease, as can an electroencephalogram or EEG.

Treatment

Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer's. But medication can help treat cognitive and behavioral symptoms and may delay the progression of the disease. With the right services and support, life can be improved for the millions of Americans living with Alzheimer's.

Rehabilitation

Beaumont's rehabilitation specialists provide a range of treatment programs for geriatric patients, including Alzheimer's patients and patients with other neurologic conditions.

Our speech and language therapists can also help analyze communication deficits and establish short-term and long-term plans to maximize function.

Specifically, we offer a Coping with Dementia program that evaluates the patient's communicative abilities using a series of measures for speech, language, memory and cognitive skills. The results are used to develop treatment goals and make further treatment recommendations.

Research

The Neurology Research Laboratory in Beaumont Hospital's Research Institute is actively conducting research on Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinson's Disease.

Caring for the Elderly

Planning medical and daily care for the elderly, including those with Alzheimer's, requires special information for caregivers.