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Alzheimer's Prevention Clinic

A New Approach to Alzheimer's Disease Management

Alzheimer's disease doesn't just affect the patient; it affects the entire family. The Alzheimer's Prevention Clinic (APC), Weill Cornell Memory Disorders Program at New York-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center was founded by Dr. Richard Isaacson, who has several family members with this disease.

This specialized clinic focuses on the latest treatments for patients, as well as cutting-edge prevention strategies (with an emphasis on nutritional approaches) and comprehensive education for the entire family. Interested in scheduling a consultation? Please call 212-746-0226 or to Learn More, PDF iconView Our Clinic Brochure.

As a part of this initiative, individuals interested in lowering their risk for Alzheimer's disease (AD) can be followed over time and receive a personalized plan based on a variety of elements, such as their risk factors, genes, past/present medical conditions, and the latest scientific research. Patients in the APC will be cared for over time using a sophisticated and interactive state-of-the-art research tool and database. This approach allows for ongoing monitoring and the development of personalized therapeutic options aimed at reducing AD risk and providing optimal care. If you would like to learn the latest Alzheimer's information online, visit our patient, caregiver and family education site, www.AlzU.org.

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Please read the following to learn about Our Philosophy of Care and Frequently Asked Questions.

Our Philosophy

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) starts in the brain 20 to 30 years before the onset of symptoms, giving physicians ample time to intervene in an individualized fashion for those as risk. There is no "magic pill" or "magic cure" for AD treatment or prevention; however, combining a variety of strategies based on strong science and safety may yield the best chance for benefit. 

Our approach is based on a collaborative care model for Alzheimer's disease, while being firmly grounded in the latest scientific evidence-based therapies. This integrated approach to care aims to provide the most comprehensive therapies for patients with Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment due to Alzheimer's, "preclinical" Alzheimer's, and patients who are at risk for the disease.

Personalized Medicine & Personalized Nutrition

We use the latest scientific evidence and consider a variety of factors — such as current and past medical problems, genetics, and nutritional patterns — to tailor therapies for each patient. These principles (also referred to as "pharmacogenomics" and "nutrigenomics") form the core of our APC approach. We emphasize lifestyle and nutritional approaches and collect data to help further the scientific study of the effects of dietary modifications on brain health.

Requirements for APC Participation

Alzheimer's Prevention

All patients who would like a consultation for Alzheimer's prevention and/or enrollment in the APC Brain Healthy Lifestyle Program should be under the care of a primary care physician and follow up with the APC at least once each year. Patients must send copies of all recent physician office notes and laboratory and radiology results — including brain imaging results (such as MRI or CT scans, if available) — and have actual radiology images on a CD-ROM mailed to the clinic at least four weeks before the appointment. Most insurance plans are accepted.

Alzheimer's Treatment

All patients who would like a consultation for Alzheimer's treatment and/or enrollment in the APC Brain Healthy Lifestyle Program must be under the care of both a primary care physician and a specialist who is proficient in the care of patients with Alzheimer's disease (such as a neurologist or geriatric psychiatrist) and follow up with the APC at least once each year. Patients must have received a diagnosis of either Alzheimer's disease or mild cognitive impairment due to Alzheimer's disease. Patients must send copies of all recent physician office notes, laboratory and radiology results, neuropsychological testing, and brain imaging results (such as MRI, CT, and/or PET scan), and have the actual radiology images on a CD-ROM mailed to the clinic at least four weeks before the appointment. Most insurance plans are accepted.

Visit Length

Patients who visit the APC will receive at least one hour of direct contact with the treating physician. Combined family education on Alzheimer's disease treatment and prevention may be provided, as well as individualized education and counseling. Please note: spouses, partners, and caregivers are welcome, but only those registered as patients will receive personalized medical advice.

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Our Supporters

We are extremely thankful to our grateful patients and family members, and the foundations, institutions and corporate partners that have helped advance the mission of our Alzheimer's Prevention Clinic and the Brain-Health Nutrition Research Program, led by Dr. Isaacson.

Supporter Spotlight (Spring 2015):
The 2nd annual 'Memories for Mary' event took place in Tuscon, Arizona, founded by Mr. David Twardock in honor of his Mom. We are so appreciative of the gracious support of our Alzheimer's research program. Hosted at the Dove Mountain Golf Club and Resort, attendees and donors from all around the US have raised over $100,000 over the last 2 years to help fast forward our work.

Thanks to this support, we can fund cutting-edge research (such as Alzheimer's Universe and the expansion of the integrated AD-Nutrition Tracking System) with results to be published in the new Journal of the Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease (2014). 

To donate, contact Mr. Tom Horton at 212-746-4599 or email tchorton@med.cornell.edu noting the Alzheimer's Prevention Clinic Fund. 100% of donations go directly to support this groundbreaking research.

Your support also enables our patients to have streamlined access to their physicians, including telephone access to the treating physician during office hours as questions arise. We believe that a personalized approach with open and direct access to the clinic physician and clinic staff ensures optimal care and may lead to the best patient outcomes.

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Brochure/FAQs

What should I expect when I schedule a consultation at the APC?

Patients who visit the APC will receive at least one hour of direct contact with the treating physician. The physician will review past medical history, family history, medications, prior doctor notes/lab results, etc and make specific recommendations regarding AD risk reduction or AD treatment. In most cases, the physician will order a panel of laboratory and other studies (possibly including genetic tests). While there is no one clear genetic test that can clearly predict if a person will develop AD, the physician may use these results (as well as past medical problems, nutritional patterns, etc) to tailor therapies for each patient. These principles (also referred to as “pharmacogenomics” and “nutrigenomics”) form the core of our APC approach. Combined family education on AD treatment and prevention may be provided, as well as individualized education and counseling. Please note: spouses, partners, children and caregivers are of course welcome, but only those registered as patients will receive personalized medical advice. Multiple visits for separate family members during the same day are welcome, as we evaluate a wide range of patients (ranging from ~30s to 90s), for both prevention as well as treatment. PDF iconView Our Clinic Brochure and learn more.

What happens after the appointment?

Depending on the types of studies ordered, it may take several weeks or more for the specialized results to return. Follow-up appointments may be scheduled and vary, with the first follow-up occurring after 4-8 weeks, and subsequent visits every 4, 6 or 12 months. For prevention visits, follow-up visits should occur at least once per year. Even for those visiting from out-of-town, discussion of test results and follow-up advice is strongly preferred with an in-person follow-up visit, rather than via telephone.

What types of research is available?

While the core of the clinic visit is to discuss and recommend specific brain-healthy strategies that may help to delay the onset of (or possibly reduce risk) for memory loss and/or AD, or more optimally treat AD, patients will have the option to participate in an ongoing research study. This study aims to track the effect of different lifestyle changes on brain and body health. Currently, we the Weill Cornell Memory Disorders Program (led by Dr. Norman Relkin) are participating in a variety of studies in the area of AD prevention (list of available studies is on our website).

How can I make an appointment and what insurance plans are accepted?

Please call 212-746-0226. Most insurance plans are accepted. If you do not currently have insurance, a flat fee for appointments is available. PDF iconClick here to visit our Travel Tips and Suggestions for our out-of-town visitors.

Can Alzheimer’s be cured or 100% definitively prevented?

No, currently there are no known cures for AD, nor are there 100% definitive ways to prevent AD. The goal of the APC is to inform patients and their family members about the variety of strategies (based on strong science and balanced with safety) that may yield the best chance to treat AD, or possibly delay its onset. Through research, we hope to more definitively be able to guide our patients toward the most comprehensive ways to fight AD. All patients evaluated in the APC will have streamlined access to their physicians, including telephone access to the treating physician during office hours as questions arise. We believe that a personalized approach with open and direct access to the clinic physician and clinic staff ensures optimal care and may lead to the best patient outcomes.

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