What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common type of dementia, especially in people over the age of 60, although it can occur at a younger age. A genetic factor has been associated with development of AD. It is a gradually progressive neurological disease for which there is no cure. The changes that occur in the brain are non-reversible. Problems with memory are usually the earliest symptoms, which are often mistaken as symptoms of normal aging. This may be associated with progressive deterioration in thinking, judgment, language, and decision-making ability, thus making it difficult to conduct day-to-day activities. As the disease progresses, it becomes difficult for the person to remember even basic things. Some patients may even have trouble remembering his own name or recognizing family members.
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