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Alzheimer's Disease

(Also Known As: Alzheimers Disease, Alzheimer’s, Alzheimers, Dementia)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s Disease is a disease of the brain which grows worse over time and leads to loss of memory, language abilities and eventually to the loss of the person’s normal functioning, and even to changes in personality. It can lead to the failure of the body's organ systems and is a fatal disease. Alzheimer's Disease is not a part of normal aging. It can cause death three to twenty years from the onset of symptoms. 1

It is the leading cause of dementia (memory impairment, loss of cognitive functioning, inability to carry out motor activities, etc.) 2 —more than half of the cases of dementia were found to be caused by Alzheimer’s disease.

Since its discovery by German pathologist and neurologist Alois Alzheimer in 1906, tremendous research has been conducted on Alzheimer’s disease, however the specific causes of this degenerative brain disease have not yet been found. Also, no one has yet discovered or developed a definite cure for Alzheimer’s disease; hence it is an area of research still heavily studied by scientists.

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