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Alzheimer's Disease

Albany Medical Center is the region's only NYS-designated Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Center.

Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's Disease


Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. Early symptoms typically involve memory impairment for newly acquired information such as misplacing objects, followed by slowly progressive difficulties with language such as word-finding difficulties. As the disease progresses, there are often problems with reasoning and decision-making.

From diagnosis, treatment, cutting-edge research and ongoing information and support, The Alzheimer’s Center of the Neurosciences Institute at Albany Med has a specialized team providing comprehensive and compassionate care to individuals and caregivers living with memory problems, Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases.

Dr. Earl Zimmerman, professor of neurology and director of the Alzheimer’s Center at Albany Med discusses the unique “family focused” care the Alzheimer’s Center provides.

 In July 2011, the state Department of Health designated The Alzheimer’s Center as the Capital Region’s Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center (ADAC). This designation allowed the center to expand its current diagnostic services, care management programs and educational outreach. Albany Med is one of only nine ADACs in New York.

While there is no single, comprehensive test for diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease, our neurologists perform examinations and evaluations to determine a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease - in addition to a complete medical history and physical examination. We also offer a comprehensive range of support services to assist patients and families who are dealing with the effects of neurological memory disorders caused by age-related dementias.

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The four primary areas of the Alzheimer’s Center are:

  • Aging and Memory Clinic, which is dedicated to the study of normal brain aging as well as understanding the importance of early detection, diagnosis and treatment for memory disorders.
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Diagnostic Treatment Program, which provides comprehensive diagnostic assessment, consultation and ongoing patient care.
  • Advanced Clinical Research, which explores new diagnostic and treatment options for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological disorders.
  • The Anne B. and Leon J. Goldberg Alzheimer’s Resource Program, which provides a range of services for patients, caregivers, health professionals and the community.