Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease (A.D.) is a form of dementia that is a progressive, degenerative and incurable

disease that attacks brain cells, resulting in impaired memory, thinking and behavior. It is not a natural

consequence of aging.

Dementia

Dementia is the loss of intellectual functions (such as memory deficit or confusion) which are required

for daily living. Many conditions cause or mimic dementia, including depression, tumors, drug reactions,

nutritional deficiencies and degenerative physiological diseases. Geriatric assessment can help determine

cause and suggest treatment that can improve or reverse behavior patterns.

Department of Aging and Independent Living

(502) 564-6930

Cabinet for Health and Family Services

275 E. Main St., Floor 3W-F, Frankfort 40621

chfs.ky.gov/dail/

Administers the Alzheimer’s Respite Programs throughout the state, and the Kentucky Family Caregiver

Program.

Alzheimer’s Association

(859) 266-5283

Helpline

1-800-272-3900

Greater Kentucky & Southern Indiana Chapter

465 High St., Ste. 100, Lexington 40507

www.alz.org/kyin

Provides 24- hour Helpline, support groups, the Medic Alert + Safe Return® program, educational

materials and programs, and Best Friends Day Center for persons with Alzheimer’s disease or related

disorders and their caregivers.

Alzheimer’s Disease Center

(859) 323-6040

Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, University of Kentucky

Rm. 101 Sanders-Brown Building,

800 South Limestone St., Lexington 40536

www.mc.uky.edu/coa

One of 29 national research centers funded by the National Institute on Aging. Research opportunities,

educational programs and information to families, health care providers, and the community at large.