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What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

The most common type of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible and progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. Eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest of tasks is beyond the patient’s capability. It is not a part of normal aging.

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that begins slowly and gets worse over time. In its early stages, memory loss is mild; however, as the disease progresses, individuals lose their ability to interact with or respond to their environment. How quickly the disease advances varies from person to person. Currently, there is no cure. Advances in medicine have been able to slow the worsening of dementia symptoms and improve the quality of life for those with Alzheimer’s.

What is Dementia?

I often hear people refer to all types of dementia as Alzheimer’s. While Alzheimer’s is the most common of dementias, it is by no means the only type.

Dementia is not a specific disease, but rather describes a group of symptoms affecting memory, thinking, and social abilities severely enough to interfere with daily functioning, such as paying bills or becoming lost while driving.

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