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Alzheimer's disease facts

  • Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a slowly progressive disease of the brain that is characterized by symptoms like impairment of memory and eventually by disturbances in reasoning, planning, language, and perception.
  • Alzheimer's disease is by far the most common cause for dementia in the United States and in most countries in the world.
  • The likelihood of having Alzheimer's disease increases substantially after the age of 70, and it may affect around 50% of persons over the age of 85.
  • The main risk factor for Alzheimer's disease is increased age. There are also genetic and other risk factors.
  • Characteristic symptoms and stages of Alzheimer disease include
    • problems with performing familiar tasks,
    • difficulty writing or speaking,
    • loss of orientation to time and place,
    • losing or misplacing items,
    • mood or behavior changes,
    • loss of interest in daily activities, and
    • poor judgment.
  • Symptoms may be present in varying degrees of severity.
  • The cause(s) of Alzheimer's disease is (are) not known. Although, accumulation of the protein amyloid in the brain is suspected to play a role.
  • The diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease should be based on a comprehensive examination that rules out other causes of dementia.
  • There are numerous causes of dementia, so having the characteristic symptoms do not necessarily mean that a person has Alzheimer disease.
  • The treatment and management of Alzheimer's disease consists of medications and non-medication based treatments.
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