Alzheimer's disease The Mayo Clinic: Alzheimer's disease

Posted On June 29th 2013

Definition Symptoms Causes Risk factors Complications Preparing for your appointment Tests and diagnosis Treatments and drugs Lifestyle and home remedies Alternative medicine Coping and support Prevention Free E-newsletter Subscribe to Housecall Our weekly general interest e-newsletter keeps you up to date on a wide variety of health topics. Sign up now RSS Feeds close window Mayo Clinic Housecall Stay up to date on the latest health information. What you get Free weekly e-newsletter Mayo Clinic expertise Recipes, tools and other helpful information We do not share your e-mail address Sign up Definition By Mayo Clinic staff Alzheimer's Caregiving Subscribe to our Alzheimer's Caregiving e-newsletter to stay up to date on Alzheimer's topics. Sign up now Alzheimer's disease is a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions. It's the most common cause of dementia — a group of brain disorders that results in the loss of intellectual and social skills. These changes are severe enough to interfere with day-to-day life. In Alzheimer's disease, the connections between brain cells and the brain cells themselves degenerate and die, causing a steady decline in memory and mental function. Current Alzheimer's disease medications and management strategies may temporarily improve symptoms. This can sometimes help people with Alzheimer's disease maximize function and maintain independence. But because there's no cure for Alzheimer's disease, it's important to seek supportive services and tap into your support network as early as possible.


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