Alzheimer’s Disease | Norton Healthcare Louisville, Ky.

Alzheimer’s Disease

What Is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease that causes increasing difficulty with memory and thinking. Alzheimer’s typically starts as memory loss and, with progression, can lead to impairments in orientation, ability to communicate effectively and ability to manage day to day activities.

Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, accounting for up to 80% of cases.

More people in Louisville and Southern Indiana choose Norton Neuroscience Institute to treat their neurological condition than any other provider. The experienced and innovative physicians at the Norton Neuroscience Institute Memory Center, led by its medical director, Gregory Cooper, M.D., Ph.D., are at the leading edge of new treatments that may slow the progress of Alzheimer’s disease. Appropriate cases are reviewed by a multidisciplinary team to deliver a precise diagnosis and a customized treatment plan with the best viewpoints of multiple specialists.

Multiple medications, often used in combination and tailored to each patient’s condition, can ease symptoms.

Physical therapy in select cases, occupational therapy, and speech and language pathology can help manage the disease. Support such as social services professionals and the Norton Neuroscience Institute Resource Center can provide significant help for the entire family.

Increasingly, evidence suggests physical, mental and social activities may reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

Norton Neuroscience Institute Resource Center, the Alzheimer’s Association and others offer resources to help families and individuals coping with Alzheimer’s.

Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease typically begins with mild forgetfulness. For example, an individual with early Alzheimer’s may have more difficulty recalling recent events or conversations, misplace items frequently and repeat themselves more often.

As the condition progresses, language and sense of place or orientation can become impaired. It may become more difficult to recall the exact date, or to navigate from place to place, at times getting lost more easily.

Language effects often begin with increased difficulty recalling names or words. While this can be a normal part of aging, with time an Alzheimer’s patient may have a tendency to use words incorrectly and have difficulty comprehending what others are saying. Additional symptoms include difficulty planning, organizing and managing affairs, notably including medications and finances.

What Causes Alzheimer’s Disease?

No single cause of Alzheimer’s disease has been discovered. Several factors, however, have been identified as increasing your risk for the disease.

  • Advanced age is a factor.
  • Family history and genetics may play a role.
  • High blood pressure and high cholesterol also may increase risk.
  • Low education, diet and environment are suspected risk factors and the subject of research.

Care That’s Focused on You

  • We operate Norton Neuroscience Institute Resource Center — the area’s only center dedicated to helping you and your family navigate your lives after a stroke. The Norton Healthcare Foundation funds this important service, so patients don’t need to pay.
  • We have dedicated patient navigators who can help with transportation, schedule follow-up appointments and confirm that you can afford prescriptions.
  • We provide support groups and exercise classes, develop customized diet plans and can help with issues such as access to disability assistance, housing, and financial and employment advice.
  • At Norton Neuroscience Institute, we want to help you get better as well as prevent you from getting sick in the first place. Get help quitting smoking and learn the signs of stroke
  • Communicate with your provider, manage appointments, refill prescriptions and more anytime from a computer or mobile device with a free MyNortonChart account.

A Louisville Leader in Neurological Care

Norton Neuroscience Institute’s neurologists and neurosurgeons have the expertise and tools to provide care tailored to your needs.

More patients from Louisville and Southern Indiana seek treatment from Norton Neuroscience Institute’s nationally recognized neurologists and neurosurgeons than any other providers in the area.

  • We have more than 75 medical, surgical and research specialists dedicated to providing innovative care to those with brain, spine and nervous system conditions.
  • We use advanced, minimally invasive neurosurgery equipment that can speed your recovery and can minimize pain.
  • Multidisciplinary clinics provide easy access to care for your neurological condition, with specialists in oncology, cardiology, orthopedics and behavioral health.
  • Norton Brownsboro Hospital is recognized as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by DNV Healthcare, representing the highest level of care.
    • The Joint Commission and American Stroke Association certified Norton Audubon Hospital and Norton Hospital as Primary Stroke Centers and Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital as an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital.
    • All four of Norton Healthcare’s adult-service hospitals have been nationally recognized for their quality of advanced stroke care by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With the Guidelines – Stroke Quality Achievement Awards. Norton Brownsboro Hospital received Gold Plus designation, and the others received Silver designations.
  • Norton Neuroscience Institute Resource Center navigators help educate patients and their families about new diagnoses, available treatments and ways to manage their disease.
  • Norton Neuroscience Institute’s multiple sclerosis (MS) program has been designated a Center for Comprehensive MS Care by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
  •  We are listed on Becker’s Hospital Review as one of 100 great neurosurgery and spine programs.

How to help a loved one cope with dementia-related decision-making changes

Dementia and other neurological disorders can have devasting effects on the patient and their family. One of the ways dementia changes someone’s life is its impact on decision-making: the ability to gather and process information [...]

Read Full Story

Deep brain stimulation surgery helps Parkinson’s patient get her life back

Holly Cooper was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2015. One day, Holly, who also is a breast cancer survivor, noticed a small tremor in her thumb. Over time, the tremor gradually became more debilitating. Daily […]

Read Full Story

Epilepsy surgery when medication doesn’t work

If medication fails in controlling epilepsy, there is still hope. Medication failure means that two different medicines have not controlled your epilepsy. Surgery for epilepsy is an alternative means of stopping seizures or reducing seizure […]

Read Full Story

What to consider as you age and contemplate whether it’s time to stop driving

Driving and aging, dementia or other memory loss conditions are hard topics to discuss with loved ones. When to stop driving is a difficult thing to consider for yourself, as it can mean the loss […]

Read Full Story

Young Parkinson’s patient uses restaurant contacts to help produce Denim & Diamonds Gala Celebration

Jason Smith always assumed the tremor in his right hand was caused by drinking a lot of coffee. Turns out, it actually was one of the first symptoms of young-onset Parkinson’s disease. Jason was diagnosed […]

Read Full Story
Related Stories

How to help a loved one cope with dementia-related decision-making changes

Dementia and other neurological disorders can have devasting effects on the patient and their family. One of the ways dementia changes someone’s life is its impact on decision-making: the ability to gather and process information [...]

Read Full Story

Deep brain stimulation surgery helps Parkinson’s patient get her life back

Holly Cooper was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2015. One day, Holly, who also is a breast cancer survivor, noticed a small tremor in her thumb. Over time, the tremor gradually became more debilitating. Daily […]

Read Full Story

Epilepsy surgery when medication doesn’t work

If medication fails in controlling epilepsy, there is still hope. Medication failure means that two different medicines have not controlled your epilepsy. Surgery for epilepsy is an alternative means of stopping seizures or reducing seizure […]

Read Full Story

What to consider as you age and contemplate whether it’s time to stop driving

Driving and aging, dementia or other memory loss conditions are hard topics to discuss with loved ones. When to stop driving is a difficult thing to consider for yourself, as it can mean the loss […]

Read Full Story

Young Parkinson’s patient uses restaurant contacts to help produce Denim & Diamonds Gala Celebration

Jason Smith always assumed the tremor in his right hand was caused by drinking a lot of coffee. Turns out, it actually was one of the first symptoms of young-onset Parkinson’s disease. Jason was diagnosed […]

Read Full Story

Search our entire site.

Schedule an Appointment

Select an appointment date and time from available spots listed below.