Alzheimer's disease (also known as Alzheimer or AD) is a progressive degenerative brain disease, and the most common type of dementia. People affected by AD have progressive and frequent memory loss. With time they may become withdrawn and develop trouble in thinking, planning, working, interacting socially or looking after themselves.
Our Alzheimer’s and Memory Clinic is a specialist clinic for people with neurological problems resulting in memory loss, confusion, difficulty in speech and understanding, change in personality, aggressive behaviour, hallucinations or depression.
The clinic offers a comprehensive screening and care program for AD and other memory disorders, including neurology consultation, physical and cognitive rehabilitation, and psychotherapy. Since cognitive and behavioural problems affect the family along with the patient, we also offer family counselling services, help target rehabilitative goals and equip the family for KH supported long term home care.
The mission of the Clinic is to join hands with the patient and their family to alleviate suffering by offering the best in medical care by combining the latest scientific know-how, medical technology and personalised attention.
Alzheimer is associated with deposition of abnormal proteins in the brain, brain cell death and brain shrinkage. The exact causes and risk factors of Alzheimer are subject of active research.
Alzheimer usually develops in people over the age of 65 years. The risk of developing Alzheimer increases with age. It affects both men and women. A rare genetic form of the disease, called, early onset Alzheimer, develops between 30-60 years of age.
At present there is no cure for AD but there are drugs available to alleviate symptoms. These drugs can improve cognitive abilities, and delay functional decline to an extent. Medical treatments include drugs that alter levels of chemical involved in transmitting signals between brain cells. Effective medical treatments are available for behavioural problems, such as depression, agitation and aggression. These problems are common in people with AD, and can be very distressing especially to the caregivers.
Early diagnosis of AD can maximise benefit from the available treatments and also allow the patient to take part in decisions about living options, medical treatment, financial and legal matters. The patient and the caregivers can also participate in building the right care team and social support network.
Please note: Most people with memory problems do not have AD. There are many types of dementia and correct diagnosis is essential for proper prognostication and to institute appropriate treatment.