Alzheimer’s Disease Research & Studies

Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia (described as a loss of brain function) that affects more than five million Americans. It is described as a progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. In its early stages, symptoms like memory loss are mild, but with late-stage Alzheimer’s, individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment.

Alzheimer’s Symptoms include:

  • Memory Changes that disrupt daily life
  • Challenges in planning or solving problems
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks
  • Confusion with time or place
  • Decreased or poor judgment
  • Changes in mood & personality

What is Alzheimer’s disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of Dementia (described as a loss of brain function) that affects more than five million Americans. It is described as a progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. In its early stages symptoms like memory loss are mild, but with late-stage Alzheimer’s, individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment.

What is Alzheimer’s disease caused by?

Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by a build-up of proteins in the brain.

How is Alzheimer’s Diseases diagnosed?

There is no single test that can show whether a person has Alzheimer’s. While physicians can almost always determine if a person has dementia. Diagnosing Alzheimer’s requires careful medical evaluation; including: A thorough medical history, mental status testing, a physical and neurological exam, tests such as blood test and brain imaging to rule out other causes of dementia-like symptoms.

How common is Alzheimer’s disease?

The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that one in 10 people over age 65 and nearly half of people over 85 have Alzheimer’s disease.

What are the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease?

Memory Changes that disrupt daily life, challenges in planning or solving problems, difficulty completing familiar tasks, confusion with time or place, decreased or poor judgment, changes in mood & personality.

How Alzheimer is different from Dementia?

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of progressive dementia.

What are the treatments for Alzheimer’s?

Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s. But drug and non-drug treatments may help with both cognitive and behavioral symptoms. Medications: Aricept, Exelon, Razadyne, Cognex, Namenda

What happens if Alzheimer’s goes untreated?

Progression of the symptoms.

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