Dementia and Memory Clinics

man thinkingAlzheimer's disease causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. It is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss, and is serious enough to interfere with daily life activities. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases.

Alzheimer's disease is not a normal part of aging, although the greatest known risk factor is increasing age. The majority of people with Alzheimer's disease are age 65 and older. However, up to 5 percent of people with the disease have early onset, sometimes as early as age 40.

Illinois taxpayers have an opportunity to contribute to research to find the cause, and possibly a cure for Alzheimer's disease. Illinois taxpayers can donate to this important research by completing Attachment G and entering your donation amount on the line next to the Alzheimer's Disease Research Fund.

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

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

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 Southern Illinois University School of Medicine has a network of primary provider sites throughout Illinois who are trained to identify patients who may have Alzheimer's disease and related memory disorders. These local primary provider sites give people the opportunity to receive a comprehensive assessment.

For an appointment, call (618) 536.6621 for the Carbondale office or (618) 932.3937 for the West Frankfort location. For answers about Alzheimer's disease and related memory disorders, call the Illinois Alzheimer's 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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