Alzheimer’s Disease is a progressive brain disorder. It results in memory loss, language deficiencies, and other cognitive impairments. It is the most common form of dementia.
There is no current cure for Alzheimer’s. However, there are many treatments, recommendations, and help centers to improve the quality of life of both patients and caregivers.
Abnormal occurrence of plaques and tangles in the brain is a sign of dementia-related disorders. The nerve cells are being blocked, causing memory loss and other cognitive disabilities.
Alzheimer’s usually affects older victims, especially those over 60. The disease slowly progresses.
More than 5 million Americans are currently affected by Alzheimer’s. The number is expected to reach 15 million by 2050.
Internationally about 26 million is affected by the disease and a 106 million predicted by 2050.
Women are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s than men. This is because women tend to have longer life expectancies and hence are more vulnerable to aging-related diseases.
Researchers do not know what exactly causes Alzheimer’s. There has been scientific evidence linking four chromosomes to the disease: 1, 14, 18, and 21. But genetics is only one of the factors that contributes to Alzheimer’s.
See the link for an extensive list of resources for all those affected by Alzheimer’s (books, online resources, communities, and medical centers on Alzheimer's in US):