Memory disorders are among the leading causes of disability in this country, with Alzheimer's disease being the most common. In addition to memory loss, these disorders can cause problems with language, understanding, vision, and intellectual function, resulting in changes in personality and behavior. Moreover, memory disorders don't just affect the patient, but his or her family members as well. While there is currently no cure for Alzheimer's or a single therapy that will prevent the disease, a comprehensive and evidence-based multimodal approach —balancing safety with the potential for benefit — may yield the best results.
The Memory Disorders Program of the Department of Neurology at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center is one of the strongest patient care programs in New York City for people with Alzheimer's and other memory disorders, and attracts patients from across the country and around the world. Our center is a leading patient care center that has set the standard of care for the management of memory disorders. Our physicians co-authored the American Academy of Neurology guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of dementia and hydrocephalus and for the use of genetic testing in families with Alzheimer's disease. Through our center, patients have access to diagnostic assessment, treatment, and research opportunities not available elsewhere.
Last year, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center established the Alzheimer's Prevention Clinic within the Weill Cornell Memory Disorders Program. As a part of this initiative, individuals interested in lowering their risk for Alzheimer's can be followed over time and receive a personalized plan of care based on their risk factors, genes, and past/present medical conditions.