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Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia

A Service of the New York State Designated CNY Center of Excellence for Alzheimer's Disease
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What is dementia? What is Alzheimer's Disease?

Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability that is severe enough to interfere with a person's ability to perform everyday activities.daily life. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia. It is a progressive brain disease that damages and destroys brain cells, leading to loss of memory and other brain functions.


Types of dementia 

Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia.  However, there are also several other types of dementia.  Some other types of dementia are:

  • Vascular Dementia
  • Dementia with Lewy Body
  • Mixed Dementia
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Frontotemporal Dementia
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Wernicke – Korsakoff Syndrome


In the U.S....

  • More than 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer's disease, and this number continues to grow.
  • In 2018, more than 16 million Americans provided unpaid care for people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
  • These unpaid caregivers provided more than 18.5 billion hours of care, valued at $233,900,000,000.

In New York State...

  • There are 400,000 New Yorkers living with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias.
  • Over a million New Yorkers provide 1.2 billion hours of unpaid care for people living with Alzheimer's and dementia.

For information, treatment, and referrals...

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CNY Center of Excellence for Alzheimer's Disease (CEAD)
Upstate Specialty Services at Harrison Center
Suite A, 550 Harrison Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
Map & directions
Phone: (315) 464-6100