Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia and mental decline. Alzheimer’s disease progresses slowly. The initial symptom is usually memory loss; as the disease progresses the patient may experience decision making issues, confusion regarding date and time, trouble learning and remembering new things, and have issues with activities of daily living. Alzheimer’s disease occurs as a result in a decrease in levels of certain chemicals in the brain called neurotranmitters. What causes this decline is not clear.

The Alzheimer’s diagnosis is made after reviewing medical history and symptoms with the patient and family. Radiographic imaging may also be ordered. There are medication therapies available to help slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and help with symptom management.

Resources

Alzheimer’s Association

225 North Michigan, 17th Floor Chicago, IL 60601
Tel: (800) 272-3900
Website: www.alz.org

Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center (ADEAR)

ADEAR Center P.O. Box 8250 Silver Spring, MD 20907-8250
Tel: (800) 438-4380
Website: www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers

Alzheimer’s Disease Research

American Health Assistance Foundation
22512 Gateway Center Drive Clarksburg, MD 20871
Tel: (800) 437-2423
Email: info@ahaf.org
Website: www.brightfocus.org/alzheimers/