Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia. Dementia is a brain disorder that seriously affects a person's to think clearly or perform normal activities, such as getting dressed or eating. According to the Center's for Disease Control (CDC), Alzheimer's disease is the fifth leading cause of death for adults aged 65 years and older, and the sixth leading cause of death for all adults.
Alzheimer's starts slowing and gets worse over time. Sufferers may not recognize family members and have trouble speaking, reading or writing. Eventually, they may become aggressive, or wander away from home. Ultimately, complete care will be needed.
Unfortunatly there currently is no treatment to stop or reverse the disease. There are, however, some drugs that may help keep symptoms from getting worse for a time. Some risks factors for brain health cannot be controlled or prevented, like your age or genetics. Other risk factors, like healthy choices, are under your control. For example, you can get physically active, learn new things, or connect with your family, friends.
When diagnosing dementia doctors first assess whether a patient has an underlying treatable condition.
Signs and Symptoms
Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer's or another dementia.