Alzheimer's disease, which can strike men and women alike, 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.
National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month
November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month. Join us in honoring the dedication of the 16 million Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers in the U.S. by sharing a personal tribute message at alz.org/honor.
Caregivers are super heroes, but even super heroes can’t do it alone. The Alzheimer's Association is here to help! Call their free, 24/7 Helpline at 1-800-272-3900, and check out their online Caregiver Center at alz.org/care.
- Alzheimer's Association
- Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline
- Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Training Resources
- Alzheimer's Association Programs and Support
- Alzheimer's Association Emergency Preparedness Toolkit
- Community Resource Finder
- MedicAlert L.E.A.P. (Law Enforcement Agency Portal)
Page last updated: January 23, 2019