Neurosciences (Adult)

Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia

When Alzheimer's disease was first identified by German physician, Alois Alzheimer in 1906, it was considered a rare disorder. Today, with one in 10 persons over age 65 — and nearly half of persons over age 85 — affected, Alzheimer's disease is recognized as the most common cause of dementia.


Dementia Symptoms

The complex needs of older patients experiencing dementia symptoms require a team of health care professionals with expertise in the field of aging. Our team works together to assess the patient's physical and mental well being and to coordinate care in a variety of settings across the continuum. Yale-New Haven Hospital is a pioneer in the assessment of those with declining self-care skills and offers a wide range of services for older adults coping with Alzheimer's or dementia. Read more about our Geriatric Services.

In addition, we offer one of the oldest and most comprehensive geriatric assessment programs in the United States called the Dorothy Adler Geriatric Assessment Center, an outpatient consultative service that evaluates patients with age-related problems — medical, psychological, cognitive and social — that affect daily living. A multidisciplinary staff comprised of geriatric physicians, psychiatrists, and social workers, work with Alzheimer's disease and dementia patients and their families to provide optimal care and coordinated resources.

Yale Alzheimer's Disease Research Unit

The Yale Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRU) is one of 30 Alzheimer's disease research centers across the country designated and funded by the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health. The ADRU conducts clinical research in the treatment, neuroimaging and genetics of Alzheimer's disease and healthy aging.

Contact Us

To schedule an appointment or to speak to one of our specialists with regards to Alzheimer's disease or dementia, call 203.785.4085.

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