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.

Currently, Alzheimer’s is ranked as the sixth leading cause of death in the United States; however, recent estimates indicate the disease may rank third as a cause of death for older people. 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 the disease or modify its 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 and Brain Awareness Month

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 alz.org/abam.

National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month

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 alz.org/honor.
Caregivers are super heroes, but even super heroes 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 at alz.org/care.

 





Page last updated: June 3, 2021