Alzheimer’s Disease

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer's is a type of dementia affecting memory, thinking and behavior. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, nearly six million people are living with the disease. It is projected that by 2050 nearly 14 million people age 65 and older will have some form of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Symptoms Include

  • Memory loss disrupting daily life, such as getting lost in familiar places and repeating questions.
  • Struggling with their financial affairs.
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure.
  • Decreased or poor judgment.
  • Misplacing things and being unable to retrace steps to find them.
  • Changes in mood, personality, or behavior.

Diagnosing

Physicians use medical history, mental status tests, physical and neurological exams. Diagnostic tests and brain imaging may also be used.

Treatment options

Medical management can improve quality of life for the individuals and their caregivers. Currently, there is no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Treatment addresses several areas:

  • Helping maintain brain health.
  • Managing behavioral symptoms.
  • Slowing or delaying symptoms of the disease.

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