Alzheimer's disease

and other memory disorders

Neurologists at Duke’s memory disorders clinic specialize in new diagnostic techniques that detect Alzheimer’s disease even before symptoms begin. We also diagnose and treat a wide range of memory problems including mild cognitive impairment, post-traumatic memory loss, amnesia, dementia, and normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH). We help caregivers access the care their loved ones need.

Expert care for Alzheimer’s disease and memory disorders

Family members play an important role in the lives of people with memory disorders. Our experts evaluate more than 500 new patients in our memory disorders clinic each year. We work closely with you, the caregiver, to discuss your loved one’s diagnosis, care and treatment. We offer family support programs and access to a variety of specialists including social workers and geropsychologists, who provide psychological services to older adults. We are here to help you care for your loved one.

Our memory disorders clinic provides comprehensive evaluations and outpatient care. Our specialty is detecting the signs of mild cognitive impairment syndrome, a memory problem that is often an early symptom of Alzheimer’s disease. Detecting Alzheimer’s disease early can help slow its progression. 

Choose Duke for treatment of memory disorders because we offer:

  • Sophisticated diagnostic services. Early detection is the new frontier of Alzheimer’s disease treatment. We are pioneering new diagnostic techniques including an advanced type of PET scan and spinal fluid testing that can detect Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms begin.
  • Breakthrough research. Our researchers at the Joseph and Kathleen Bryan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center are known for their work studying the genetics, or family history related to, Alzheimer’s disease. We discovered the “risk gene” apolipoprotein E - the first gene variation found to increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Our work at the forefront of new discoveries in Alzheimer’s disease and other memory problems means you have access to new therapies before they become widely available.
  • Access to clinical trials. You or your loved one may be eligible to participate in our clinical trials, which offer access to novel therapies, including disease-modifying therapies, anti-amyloid therapies and medications that ease agitation.
  • Team approach. Because there are many causes of memory loss, you and your loved one may work with experts in neurology, neuropsychology, geropsychiatry (a subspecialty of psychiatry dealing with mental illness in the elderly) and social work.
  • Patient and family support. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, so developing a support network is essential. The Duke Family Support Program is a comprehensive resource for help with Alzheimer's disease, memory problems and elder care decisions.
  • Pathways to prevention. As part of our longstanding commitment to research, we have established the Bryan ADRC Alzheimer's Disease Prevention Registry. The registry is for individuals who do not have Alzheimer's disease and are interested in prevention-related research opportunities that promote healthy aging and dementia prevention.



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