Alzheimer's Disease Basics

Alzheimer's disease slowly damages, and then destroys, a person’s memory, judgment, reasoning skills, personality, autonomy, and bodily functions. It's a serious and scary condition. That's why it is essential to educate yourself—to take care of your loved one, you'll need to know all you can. Read up on Alzheimer's.

Essential Alzheimer's Information

What is Alzheimer's Disease?

The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease (AD). AD is a progressive and irreversible brain disorder.

Recognizing the Signs of AD

Alzheimer’s disease is most often described as occurring in three stages: Mild, Moderate, and Severe.

What Causes Alzheimer's?

Scientists believe that a build-up of two abnormal structures in the brain play a role in Alzheimer's.

Risk Factors for Alzheimer's

There are no clear causes of Alzheimer's which can be avoided. However, there are some behavioral and lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your risk for AD.

Testing for Alzheimer's

Tests that can help diagnose Alzheimer's disease include brain imaging, genetic testing, and neuropsychological testing.

Diagnosing Alzheimer's

Though not an exact science, doctors today have developed very effective ways to detect Alzheimer's disease.

Long-Term Complications

Alzheimer's disease has a large impact on the patient and their loved ones.