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Alzheimer's Disease

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

Important
It is possible that the main title of the report Alzheimer's Disease is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.

Synonyms

  • Presenile Dementia

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive condition of the brain affecting memory, thought and language. The degenerative changes of Alzheimer's disease lead to patches or plaques in the brain and the entanglement of nerve fibers (neurofibrillary tangles). Memory loss and behavioral changes occur as a result of these changes in brain tissue.

Resources

NIH/National Institute on Aging
31 Center Drive, MSC 2292
Building 31
Room 5C27
Bethesda, MD 20892
Tel: (301)496-1752
Fax: (301)496-1072
Tel: (800)222-2225
TDD: (800)222-4225
Email: bapquery@nia.nih.gov
Internet: http://www.nih.gov/nia

NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
P.O. Box 5801
Bethesda, MD 20824
Tel: (301)496-5751
Fax: (301)402-2186
Tel: (800)352-9424
TDD: (301)468-5981
Internet: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/

American Health Assistance Foundation
22512 Gateway Center Drive
Clarksburg, MD 20871
USA
Fax: (301)948-4403
Tel: (800)437-2423
Email: info@ahaf.org
Internet: http://www.ahaf.org

Alzheimer's Foundation of America
322 8th Ave, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10001
USA
Tel: (866)232-8484
Fax: (646)638-1546
Tel: (866)232-8484
Email: info@alzfdn.org
Internet: http://www.alzfdn.org

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

UCSF Memory and Aging Center
350 Parnassus Avenue
Suite 905
San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415)476-6880
Fax: (415)476-4800
Email: mgeschwind@memory.ucsf.edu
Internet: http://www.memory.ucsf.edu

John Douglas French Alzheimer's Foundation
11620 Wilshire Blvd
Suite 270
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Tel: (310)445-4650
Fax: (310)479-0516
Email: dwerthe@earthlink.net
Internet: http://www.jdfaf.org

C-Mac Informational Services, Inc.
120 Clinton Lane
Cookeville, TN 38501-8946
Tel: (931)268-1201
Email: caregiver_cmi@hotmail.com
Internet: http://www.caregivernews.org

For a Complete Report

This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be downloaded free from the NORD website for registered users. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational therapies (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, go to www.rarediseases.org and click on Rare Disease Database under "Rare Disease Information".

The information provided in this report is not intended for diagnostic purposes. It is provided for informational purposes only. NORD recommends that affected individuals seek the advice or counsel of their own personal physicians.

It is possible that the title of this topic is not the name you selected. Please check the Synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and Disorder Subdivision(s) covered by this report

This disease entry is based upon medical information available through the date at the end of the topic. Since NORD's resources are limited, it is not possible to keep every entry in the Rare Disease Database completely current and accurate. Please check with the agencies listed in the Resources section for the most current information about this disorder.

For additional information and assistance about rare disorders, please contact the National Organization for Rare Disorders at P.O. Box 1968, Danbury, CT 06813-1968; phone (203) 744-0100; web site www.rarediseases.org or email orphan@rarediseases.org

Last Updated:  1/8/2007
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