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Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer'​s disease is the most common cause of dementia

Alzheimer's disease (AD) affects approximately 5 million people in America. It is the most common cause of dementia, a disorder in which cognitive functions deteriorate.

While the disease is more common in people over 65, several hundred thousand people in their 40s and 50s suffer from early-onset AD, other types of dementia or age related-cognitive difficulties.

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Diagnosing Alzheimer's disease

Memory problems are one of the first signs of Alzheimer’s disease, along with other issues affecting the brain such as trouble finding the right word, vision problems, and difficulty with reasoning or judgment. It usually starts with small symptoms and gets worse over time across four stages:

  • Preclinical (no symptoms)
  • Mild (early-stage)
  • Moderate
  • Severe (late-stage)

Alzheimer's disease treatment

While there currently is no cure for Alzheimer’s, treating Alzheimer’s disease can make a big difference in quality of life and, potentially, longevity. Baylor Scott & White Health has neurologists on staff across our service areas who specialize in caring for patients with Alzheimer’s. We also have two specialized centers—one in North Texas and one in Central Texas—dedicated to addressing memory issues and Alzheimer’s.

Our treatment plans are tailored to the stage of the disease and the patient’s history and preferences. The goal is to slow the progression of the disease and help patients live their best life. Treatment may include:

  • Medication
  • Access to forward-thinking clinical trials
  • Care plans to enhance quality of life
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Specialized care centers

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Baylor Scott & White Neur​​oscienc​​​e Institute
A nationally recognized team who specializes in Alzheimer's disease diagnosis and treatment is available at the Baylor Scott & White Neuroscience Institute in Temple, Texas. Our medical professionals include neurologists and neuropsychologists. Working together, they can help determine if you have Alzheimer's disease or possibly another type of dementia.
AT&T Memory Center
Baylor Neuroscience Center's AT&T Memory Center is an outpatient program located in Dallas. The sole purpose of the center is to help the patient by evaluating their memory and determining if they have a memory disorder.​​​
Find comprehensive neuroscience care
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