Dementia and Memory Clinics

man thinkingAlzheimer's Disease is a progressive, degenerative disease. It results in memory loss, impaired thinking and behavior, and eventually, death. Alzheimer disease affects an estimated four million Americans, most of them over the age of 65. Although many cases of Alzheimer disease are hereditary, the precise cause of this illness is unknown.

Illinois taxpayers have an opportunity to contribute to research find the cause, and possibly a cure for Alzheimer's Disease. The place to make a monetary donation to this important research is on the Illinois income tax form under the Alzheimer's Disease Research Fund check-off line.

Donations to the Alzheimer's Disease Research Fund are spent in Illinois on research. This research focuses on prevention, effective diagnosis, treatment, and a cure of this disease. None of the money that is donated is used for administrative costs.

Since 1986, the Alzheimer's Disease Research Fund has distributed more than $3 million to researchers, supporting over 150 research studies by Illinois researchers according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Rush Hospital in Chicago, and Northwestern University Medical School have networks of primary provider sites throughout Illinois where trained medical personnel identify patients who may have Alzheimer's Disease and related dementia disorders. These primary provider sites give people an opportunity to receive a comprehensive assessment locally.

Although there is no known test to determine if someone has Alzheimer's Disease, there are tests for other conditions with similar symptoms. Many times Alzheimer's Disease can be diagnosed through the process of elimination of these other conditions.

The SIU School of Medicine has primary provider sites throughout our area in order to help diagnose memory disorders. These sites can be located by calling the SIU School of Medicine toll-free number (1.800.342.5748). They also answer questions about Alzheimer's Disease and related memory disorders.

For information on Alzheimer's Disease, support groups for caregivers, and tracking devices call the Southern Illinois chapter of the Alzheimer's Disease Association at 1.800.272.3900.

Use this link to view information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about Alzheimer's disease and Medications & Health.

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