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Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease is a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions. The disease strikes men and women alike and is irreversible. It is the most common cause of dementia, the loss of intellectual and social abilities severe enough to interfere with daily functioning. It is not part of the normal aging process, but the risk of developing the disorder increases with age. 

Alzheimer’s is ranked as one of the top ten leading causes of death in the United States

Alzheimer’s is considered a chronic disease but differs from other chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and stroke because there is no way to prevent or modify the disease's progression. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but some treatments can improve a person’s quality of life. Stay physically and socially active, engage in recreational reading, and solve puzzles to keep your brain strong.


Alzheimer's Disease Observances

  • Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month (June)
    Worldwide, 50 million people are living with Alzheimer's and other dementias. Join the Alzheimer's Association in going purple and raising awareness during the month of June. The more people know about Alzheimer's, the more action we inspire. Share your story at Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month.

  • World Alzheimer's Month (September)
    Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, affecting about six percent of people 65 and older. Join Alzheimer's Disease International in raising awareness during the month of September.

  • National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month (November)
    November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month. Join us in honoring the dedication of the 16 million Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers in the U.S. by sharing a personal tribute message at the Alzheimer's Association.

    Caregivers are superheroes, but even superheroes can’t do it alone. The Alzheimer's Association is here to help! Call their free, 24/7 Helpline at 1-800-272-3900, and check out their online Caregiver Center.


Page last updated: October 23, 2023