Over 56,000 Oregonians have Alzheimer's disease (AD) or a related disorder. These dementias are especially common with increasing age. People over 85 years old are the fastest growing segment of our population. Up to half of these octogenarians will develop cognitive impairment or dementia. Since 1989, the Oregon Alzheimer's Disease Center at Oregon Health & Science University has been dedicated to addressing this major public health problem by providing an integrated program of diagnosis, treatment, education and research.
The Center receives several important sources of support, primarily through designation from the National Institute on Aging as one of 29 Alzheimer's Disease Centers for research. As an active participant in national and international efforts to understand and develop treatments for Alzheimer's disease, the Center conducts studies of promising treatments, bio-markers, technologies for patient support, neuroimaging and pathology. We emphasize research aimed at detecting and preventing cognitive decline at its earliest stages, even prior to development of symptoms. Our vision is to add life to years, not simply years to life. The expertise of our multidisciplinary staff, and the generosity of community members who volunteer as research participants, are essential to the success of our programs.
In these pages you will find a breadth of information related to clinical programs, basic and clinical research, and educational activities and outreach all geared toward helping to solve the challenges of dementia.
We are here to help. Please feel free to contact us at 503 494-6976