What Is Alzheimer's Disease?

Alzheimer's disease is a form of brain degeneration in which abnormal particles called neurofibrillary tangles and neuritic plaques form in the brain and destroy healthy neurons (brain cells). These abnormalities tend to settle in brain areas that control the ability to learn a new fact and remember it 30 minutes, or a day later, a skill we refer to as "memory."

Neurobehavior and Memory Clinic
676 North Saint Clair Street
Arkes Pavilion, Suite 945
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Tel: 312.695.9627
Fax: 312.695.6072

How we can help

The Neurobehavior and Memory Clinic is staffed by physicians from the Northwestern Medical Group, a multispecialty group practice of the full-time faculty at Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine.  Offering a comprehensive array of diagnostic, therapeutic, and innovative care, the clinic has a multidisciplinary staff that includes behavioral neurologists, neuropsychologists, neuropsychiatrists, and licensed clinical social workers. 

Through the Neurobehavior and Memory Clinic, we treat the whole patient and offer support services for both patients and their families.  Our treatment plan includes:

  • Evaluation of memory and other thinking abilities using specialized tests
  • Psychiatric evaluation and treatment for associated mood and behavior disorders
  • Assessment and follow-up care by behavioral neurologists dedicated to treating those with dementia
  • Disease education, counseling, and referrals to community support services
  • Research opportunities to participate in cutting edge research on Alzheimer's dementia, frontotemporal dementia and primary progressive aphasia

The board-certified neurologists at Lake Forest Hospital are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of nervous system disorders, including diseases of the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles. They diagnose and treat patients with a full range of neurological disorders, including Alzheimer's disease.

Alzheimer’s disease affects an estimated five million Americans: 10 percent of people over age 65 and nearly 50 percent of those over age 85. Researchers are working diligently to uncover the cause and develop a cure. Until they succeed, the multidisciplinary team at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital can help you and your family deal with the physical and behavioral changes of Alzheimer’s with experience, compassion and the latest treatment protocols.

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