Understanding Alzheimer's Disease
According to the Alzheimer's Association, more than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease. By 2050, this number could reach 13 million.
Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia. It is a brain disorder that causes progressive memory loss, cognitive decline, and behavioral changes. This affects a person's ability to function independently, interact with others, and care for themselves.
Alzheimer's disease is caused by abnormal protein deposits in the brain called plaques and tangles. These deposits disrupt communications between brain cells and eventually cause them to die. As the disease progresses, it affects language, reasoning, and social behavior.
Alzheimer's disease is most common in people over 65 with a family history of the disease. There is no cure, but quality care can manage the disease’s progression and symptoms.