Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder and is the most common cause of dementia, or loss of cognitive functioning in older adults.  Alzheimer’s disease causes changes in the brain that lead to the loss of brain cells.

These changes include :

  • Plaques: microscopic groups of proteins called beta-amyloid peptids
  • Tangles: twisted microscopic strands of TAU protein
  • Loss of connections between cells in the brain leading to problems with memory, learning and communication
  • Inflammation: resulting from the brain’s response to fend off these changes in the brain
  • The eventual death of brain cells and loss of brain tissue

(Source: Alzheimer’s Association)

Alzheimer’s disease causes significant difficulties in memory, thinking, language, social skills and problem-solving. In addition, individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease may experience changes in behavior or personality. Symptoms develop slowly and worsen over time. Over the course of the disease, these changes often become severe enough to interfere with activities of daily life, such as managing finances, living independently, bathing, feeding oneself and dressing on one’s own.

Some early signs a person may have Alzheimer's disease Include:

Clinical Trials

Senior Adults Specialty Research is currently conducting clinical trials of investigational medications for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Qualified participants will receive all research related care and study medication at no cost.

If you are interested in learning more about this study, please complete the form below and a member of our staff will contact you. If you would prefer to speak with someone directly, please call our office at 512-407-8628.