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 Alzheimer’s Disease FactDid you know that approximately 4.5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's Disease?


Alzheimer's disease (AD), also called Alzheimer disease, senile dementia of the Alzheimer type (SDAT), primary degenerative dementia of the Alzheimer's type (PDDAT), or simply Alzheimer's, is the most common form of dementia. This incurable, degenerative, and terminal disease was first described by German psychiatrist and neuropathologist Alois Alzheimer in 1906 and was named after him. Most often, it is diagnosed in people over 65 years of age, although the less-prevalent early-onset Alzheimer's can occur much earlier. In 2006, there were 26.6 million sufferers worldwide. Alzheimer's is predicted to affect 1 in 85 people globally by 2050.

Although the course of Alzheimer's disease is unique for every individual, there are many common symptoms. The earliest observable symptoms are often mistakenly thought to be 'age-related' concerns, or manifestations of stress. In the early stages, the most commonly recognised symptom is inability to acquire new memories, such as difficulty in recalling recently observed facts. When AD is suspected, the diagnosis is usually confirmed with behavioural assessments and cognitive tests, often followed by a brain scan if available.

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  Alzheimer’s Disease Listings

Alzheimer's Association - homepage for the National Alzheimer's Association

Alzheimer's Disease International - international foundation dedicated to information on Alzheimer's Disease

MedlinePlus- Alzheimer's Disease - extensive website with links on all facets of the disease including treatment, research, diagnosis, etc.

About Alzheimer's Disease - from the American Health Assistance Foundation

 

 

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