Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health opens nation’s first Alzheimer’s prevention clinic for women

On June 18, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, in partnership with Maria Shriver’s The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement, opened the first Alzheimer’s disease prevention clinic designed just for women.

The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement Prevention Center at Cleveland Clinic builds on peer-reviewed science indicating that up to one-third of all Alzheimer’s cases might be preventable through risk-reduction strategies, including diet and exercise.

Breaking new ground for Alzheimer’s prevention

We are the first medical clinic in the nation to offer a women-specific center for Alzheimer’s disease prevention, research and caregiving support.

Under the direction of neuropsychologist Jessica Caldwell, PhD, clinicians at the new center consider the following in treating women:

  • Medical history
  • Biological risks
  • Habits
  • Mood
  • Memory

They combine this information with the latest science on prevention to create a custom, sustainable plan for their patients, including lifestyle modifications that can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

“Prevention is an increasingly important approach in Alzheimer’s disease and one that we have actively been pursuing through clinical trials and observational research studies,” says Marwan Sabbagh, MD, director of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

“This center is our newest initiative to leverage brain science and our understanding of the positive, lifelong impact of risk reduction.”

Women and Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease disproportionally affects women. Out of the 5.8 million Americans suffering from the disease, two-thirds of them are women: a staggering 3.8 million.

Despite this disparity, today’s medical care models and research studies largely approach the disease as though it were the same for women and men.

The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement Prevention Center is for women of all ages who may have a risk for Alzheimer’s disease due to family history or are concerned about their risk and want to minimize it.

Watch a video to learn more about the new Alzheimer’s disease prevention clinic for women.