Memory Disorders/Dementia

Dementia is a problem in the brain that makes it hard for a person to remember, learn and communicate. After a while, this makes it hard for the person to take care of him or herself. It is not a specific disease. Although memory loss is a common symptom of dementia, memory loss by itself does not mean you have dementia.

People with dementia have serious problems with two or more brain functions. Common signs of dementia include:
  • Recent memory loss
  • Difficulty performing familiar tasks
  • Problems with language
  • Time and place disorientation
  • Poor judgment
  • Problems with abstract thinking
  • Misplacing things
  • Changes in mood
  • Personality changes
  • Loss of initiative 

Many different diseases can cause dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and stroke. Drugs are available to treat some of these diseases. While these drugs cannot cure dementia or repair brain damage, they may improve symptoms or slow down the disease.

What UC San Diego Offers

The UC San Diego Memory Disorders clinic offers patients innovative treatment from world-renowned leaders in therapeutic research for Alzheimer’s disease, one of the most common causes of dementia.

The Memory Disorders Clinic partners with the Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and the Alzheimer Disease Cooperative Study (the largest academic Alzheimer clinical trial program in the world) to translate discoveries into new methods for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

UC San Diego was the first to test and open clinical trials for gene therapy to treat Alzheimer’s disease. UC San Diego’s Memory Disorders Clinic continues to conduct groundbreaking clinical trials and research that could soon have a measureable impact on the lives of current and future Alzheimer’s patients.

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