What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia. It causes memory loss and problems with thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time.

Early Signs of Alzheimer’s:

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  • Challenges with problem solving
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks
  • Confusion
  • Misplacing objects
  • Poor judgment
  • Mood changes and anxiety

 

How Does Alzheimer’s Disease Progress?

Alzheimer's is a progressive disease and symptoms gradually worsen over time. In its early stages, memory loss is mild, but with late-stage Alzheimer's, individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment. Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Survival rates can vary depending on age and other health conditions.

 

Who is affected?

  • An estimated 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s Disease in 2016
  • Affects one in nine people age 65 and older
  • More women are affected by Alzheimer’s than men.

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