Alzheimer's disease is a degenerative disorder of the brain that occurs when nerve cells die over time. Currently, Alzheimer's cannot be cured, but it can be treated and managed. Early diagnosis offers many advantages for patients and their families, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Alzheimer's patients and their family members can rest assured that all of our patients receive the best care to treat and manage symptoms of the disease.
Through the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center (CNADC), we treat the whole patient and offer support services for both patients and their families. Our treatment plans include:
- Quality, compassionate healthcare
- Educational services
- Research facilities used to promote understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and, hopefully, finding a cure.
How we can help
When a person has Alzheimer’s disease, many areas of the brain shrink and lose function. When this happens, they experience a steady decline in memory and other thinking abilities, called cognitive skills. And, as brain function continues to decline, they will gradually lose the ability to live independently. Our program is geared toward supporting both the patients and their families through this process and, when possible, managing the disease to delay the onset of more debilitating symptoms, allowing patients to live independently longer.