Scientists and doctors are working tirelessly to find better ways to treat Alzheimer’s disease, delay its onset and prevent it completely. Although it can’t yet be stopped or cured, early diagnosis and treatment offer the best opportunity to live well with the disease and plan for the future.
Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible disease of the brain that affects your thinking, behavior and memory. Alzheimer's develops when changes in the brain disrupt connections between messenger cells called neurons and other parts of the brain responsible for memory, language, reasoning and social behavior. While some memory loss happens to most of us as we age, Alzheimer's memory loss is more serious. It’s a degenerative disease, meaning symptoms worsen over time. As neurons are damaged and die, the connections between entire networks of neurons break down, causing regions of the brain to shrink. As the disease progresses, you or your loved one may become disoriented and confused and have difficulty with daily tasks and eventually, may lose the ability to eat and talk, becoming dependent on others for care.
Alzheimer’s Disease Causes and Risk Factors
Learn about the causes and risk factors for Alzheimer's.
Alzheimer’s Disease Signs and Symptoms
Learn how to understand the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's.
Alzheimer’s Testing and Diagnosis
Learn about physical and neurological exams, brain imaging and more.
Alzheimer’s Treatment and Care
Learn about our collaborative approach to provide the most advanced treatments.
Banner Alzheimer’s Institute (BAI) and Banner Sun Health Research Institute (BSHRI) are proud to offer clinical trials and research studies focused on making groundbreaking discoveries for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related diseases to patients and people in the community at no charge. By participating in clinical trials, you could receive access to cutting-edge, investigational medicine and play a vital role in finding a treatment, cure or a way to prevent the disease for future generations.
At Banner Alzheimer's Institute, the focus isn’t on grief. The focus isn’t on fear. The focus is on the groundbreaking research and care that will get us to the goal of ending Alzheimer’s before another generation is lost. With your philanthropic support, we can accelerate efforts needed to stop the disease and provide care to patients and families now.