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Alzheimer’s Disease

The multidisciplinary team at Norton Neuroscience Institute has the skill and experience to manage the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and help moderate risk factors.

More patients in Louisville and Southern Indiana get care at Norton Neuroscience Institute than with any other provider in the area. The comprehensive range of board-certified specialists provides a diversity of viewpoints to develop a customized care plan for each patient.

Alzheimer’s disease is a chronic degeneration of the brain and is the most common cause of dementia. As the disease progresses, patients experience loss of memory, mood swings and other behavioral changes, loss of language and disorientation. Eventually, most bodily function is lost.

The specific causes of Alzheimer’s have been attributed to genetic predisposition, plaque deposits in the brain, or a combination of risk factors including depression, hypertension or head injury.

Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in Kentucky, accounting for nearly 1,700 deaths per year.

Alzheimer’s Symptoms

The trademark symptom of Alzheimer’s is memory loss: the inability to remember recent events, misplacing items in unusual places (for example, putting a book in the refrigerator), easily getting lost, forgetting words or names of familiar people. The difference between occasional or stress-induced memory loss and Alzheimer’s is the persistence and worsening of symptoms.

Other symptoms include:

  • Cognitive decline, such as difficulty concentrating or multitasking
  • Inability to make reasonable decisions in everyday situations, or solve minor problems
  • Struggle performing usual tasks such as getting dressed, bathing or cooking a meal
  • Changes in personality and behavior, including depression, anxiety, mood swings and irritability

Alzheimer’s Risk Factors and Prevention

Alzheimer’s is not preventable or curable. However, there are many ways to affect the progress of the disease or moderate your risk factors. Some include:

  • Regular exercise and a healthy diet rich in vegetables and healthy fats
  • Manage high blood pressure, heart disease and high cholesterol
  • Quit smoking
  • Preserve skills by engaging in mentally stimulating activities and social interaction

Louisville’s Leader in Neurological Care

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

  • We have more than 60 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 speeds your recovery and minimizes pain.
  • Our multidisciplinary clinics offer easy access to specialists in oncology, cardiovascular, orthopedics,  and behavioral health.
  • Norton Healthcare has the largest network of accredited stroke centers in the area.
    • Norton Brownsboro Hospital’s designation as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and American Stroke Association represents the highest level of care.
    • The Joint Commission also certified Norton Audubon Hospital and Norton Hospital as Primary Stroke Centers and Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital as an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital.
  • Norton Neuroscience Institute Resource Center navigators help educate patients and their families about new diagnoses, available treatments and managing their disease.
  • We are nationally recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as a Top 100 neurosurgery and spine program.
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