Alzheimer’s Disease is a progressive brain disease affecting over 5 million people (1 in 8 individuals) in the US.  It is the most common cause of dementia in older people.  Alzheimer’s gradually destroys memory, language, judgment,  capacity to think clearly and ability to perform once-familiar activities.

In an Alzheimer’s brain researchers have learned that there are many factors involved in the deterioration of once normal brain cells.  These factors include: Amyloid Plaques, Neurofibrillary Tangles, and various chemical and electrical imbalances between connections of nerve cells.

As more and more plaques and tangles form in particular brain areas, healthy neurons begin to work less efficiently and therefore lose their capacity to function and communicate with each other.  This eventually will cause death of neurons and the effected areas of the brain will shrink.

 

 

 

Signs of Alzheimer's

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