Alzheimer’s Disease

  • What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disorder that causes brain cells to waste away (degenerate) and die. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia — a continuous decline in thinking, behavioral and social skills that disrupts a person’s ability to function independently.

  • What are the causes of Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s is caused by brain cell death like all types of dementia.

  • What are the symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease?

Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s are:

  • Memory loss
  • Planning and solving problem might be challenging
  • Confusion with time or place
  • Understanding visual images might be difficult
  • New problems with words in speaking or writing
  • Misplacing things
  • Decreased or poor judgment
  • Changes in mood and personality
  • How is Alzheimer’s Disease diagnosed?

Alzheimer’s disease can only be diagnosed after death. This can be done by linking clinical measures with an examination of brain tissue in an autopsy.

  • What is the treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease?

Mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease can be treated by the medications called cholinesterase inhibitors. Doctors prescribe these drugs to help reduce some symptoms and help control some behavioral symptoms.

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