Alzheimers Disease

Brain Cross-sections

Alzheimer’s Disease is the most well known of all the dementias (conditions of progressive changes in the brain resulting in cognitive difficulties). It is named for Dr. Alois Alzheimer, who first discovered the telltale changes in the brain that characterize the disease.

The mere mention of the “A” word strikes fear in many people, particularly middle-aged people who may be experiencing some memory changes.

It is thought that AMYLOID PLAQUES AND NEUROFIBRILLARY TANGLES contribute to the destruction of brain cells that we see in Alzheimer’s disease. With time, symptoms, which include memory loss and a gradual inability to carry out activities of daily living, worsen, and eventually result in the need for complete care of the person affected.

Although intellectual abilities deteriorate over time, there are many supportive treatments available to day that improves the quality of life for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers