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The most common type of dementia. A progressive disease beginning with mild memory loss possibly leading to loss of the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to the environment. Involves parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language. The number of people living with the disease doubles every 5 years beyond age This number is projected to nearly triple to 14 million people by There probably is not one single cause, but several factors that affect each person differently.
Changes in the brain can begin years before the first symptoms appear. Memory problems are typically one of the first warning signs of cognitive loss.
Memory loss that disrupts daily life, such as getting lost in a familiar place or repeating questions. Trouble handling money and paying bills. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure. Decreased or poor judgment.
Misplaces things and being unable to retrace steps to find them. Changes in mood, personality, or behavioral. It is important to consult a health care provider when you or someone you know has concerns about memory loss, thinking skills, or behavioral changes. Some causes for symptoms, such as depression and drug interactions, are reversible.
However, they can be serious and should be identified and treated by a health care provider as soon as possible.
Early and accurate diagnosis provides opportunities for you and your family to consider or review financial planning, develop advance directives, enroll in clinical trials, and anticipate care needs.
Treatment addresses several different areas: Helping people maintain mental function. Slowing or delaying the symptoms of the disease.
Caregiving can have positive aspects for the caregiver as well as the person being cared for. It may bring personal fulfillment to the caregiver, such as satisfaction from helping a family member or friend, and lead to the development of new skills and improved family relationships.
Each day brings new challenges as the caregiver copes with changing levels of ability and new patterns of behavior. You can find more information about caregiving here. The 5th leading cause of death among adults aged 65 years or older.
This work supports The Healthy Brain Initiative: The curriculum is available free of charge and consists of four modules that are designed to be used individually or as a whole each with slides and a faculty guide.The Genetics of Alzheimer's Disease Data Storage Site (NIAGADS) is a national genetics data repository that gives investigators access to data to study the genetics of late-onset Alzheimer's disease.
Alzheimer's disease is currently ranked as the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, but recent estimates indicate that the disorder may rank third, just behind heart disease and cancer, as a cause of death for older people..
Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia among older adults. Alzheimer's disease (AD), also referred to simply as Alzheimer's, is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually starts slowly and worsens over time.   It is the cause of 60–70% of cases of dementia.
Prevalence is a measure of disease that allows us to determine a person's likelihood of having a disease. Therefore, the number of prevalent cases is the total number of cases of disease existing in a population. Alzheimer's is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior.
Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. A person can live with Alzheimer's disease for just a few years or for a few decades. More often, however, people live with it for about 9 years.
About 1 in 8 people age 65 and over has the disease.