The Leenaards Memory Centre - CHUV focuses on addressing disorders affecting memory and intellectual functions (language, reasoning, ability to make judgments, etc...).
The Centre deals primarily with Alzheimer's disease, which accounts for 50% of the cases seen. It also deals with memory disorders associated with Parkinson's disease, with Lewy body disease, with cases of frontotemporal dementia affecting younger people, or even vascular dementia, linked to the accumulation of small strokes in the brain.
The causes of these diseases are multiple and are not very well understood.
Two main factors have to be taken in consideration:
These two causes are often associated with each other, especially in the very elderly.
The main symptoms are:
These symptoms develop very slowly and sometimes without the knowledge of the patients. Therefore, it is often their families who notice and worry about these problems.