Alzheimer's disease is an irreversible disease that affects the brain causing gradual memory loss, language difficulty, emotional instability, and behavior changes. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia, the loss of intellectual and social abilities severe enough to interfere with daily functionining. It is not part of the normal aging process, but the risk of developing the disorder increases with age.
There is no cure for Alzheimer's disease, but some treatments can improve a person's quality of life. Stay physically and socially active, engage in recreational reading, and solve puzzles to keep your brain strong.
Page last updated: May 24, 2018