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What is Alzheimer’s Dementia?

What is Alzheimer's Dementia?

Dementia is an overall term for diseases and conditions characterized by a decline in memory, language, problem-solving and other thinking skills that affect a person's ability to perform everyday activities.  Alzheimer's is the most common cause of dementia.

Alzheimer's Dementia is 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.  Alzheimer's involves parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language and can seriously affect a person’s ability to carry out daily activities.

Alzheimer’s disease is named after Dr. Alois Alzheimer. In 1906, Dr. Alzheimer noticed changes in the brain tissue of a woman who had died of an unusual mental illness. Her symptoms included memory loss, language problems, and unpredictable behavior. After she died, he examined her brain and started the ongoing research of this disease in the pursuit of a cure.

There is an enormous amount of research, information, and help related to this disease.


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