Alzheimer - recognize family members or have trouble...

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Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia among older people. Dementia is a brain disorder that seriously affects a person's ability to carry out daily activities. The cause and progression of Alzheimer's disease is not well understood, but is associated with plaques and tangles in the brain. Possible causes and potential cures of the disease have been conjectured, with varying evidence supporting each claim. AD begins slowly. It first involves the parts of the brain that control thought, memory and language. People with AD may have trouble remembering things that happened recently or names of people they know. Over time, symptoms get worse. People may not
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Unformatted text preview: recognize family members or have trouble speaking, reading or writing. They may forget how to brush their teeth or comb their hair. Later on, they may become anxious or aggressive, or wander away from home. Eventually, they need total care. This can cause great stress for family members who must care for them. AD usually begins after age 60. The risk goes up as you get older. Your risk is also higher if a family member has had the disease. No treatment can stop the disease. However, some drugs may help keep symptoms from getting worse for a limited time. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/alzheimersdisease.html...
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