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What is Alzheimer's Disease?

Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of all cases. It disrupts normal brain function causing dementia.

Memory, mental clarity, and sometimes even language capabilities, become increasingly impaired over time. Physical changes occur in the brain with some areas shrinking and others widening. When parts of the brain shrink or widen, the normal connections inside are broken disrupting electrical signals in the brain. There are 3 stages in the progression of the disease: slowly worsening memory loss (early stage), to personality changes & aggression (middle stage), to extreme physical and communicative deterioration (late stage).

Alzheimer's has no cure. However, treatment focuses on slowing the disease's progression through medication, consistent daily routines, cognitive therapy puzzles, gentle physical exercises if the patient is able, etc.

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