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Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive condition that damages areas of the brain involved in memory, intelligence, judgment, language, and behavior. It is the most common form of dementia (mental decline) in older adults. The causes of Alzheimer’s disease are not known, and there is no cure. Alzheimer's disease usually begins after age 60, and risk goes up with age. On average, Alzheimer's disease patients live from 8 to 10 years after they are diagnosed, though the disease can last for as many as 20 years.
It is important to note that Alzheimer's disease is not a normal part of aging.
recommended reading
These articles provide in-depth information and are written to help you make the best healthcare decisions for you and your loved ones.
Alzheimer's Disease

decision points
When dealing with an illness or health problem, you have to make decisions—when to call a doctor, which test to have, and what treatment to use. Decision Points are designed to help you learn about your choices and options, and to prepare you to work with your healthcare provider to make the best decision for your care.
Should I put my relative with Alzheimer's or other dementia in a nursing home?
tests & procedures

You doctor may recommend one or more of the following tests to evaluate your condition.

Electroencephalography (EEG)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Mental status exam

For other tests and diagnostic procedures use the section of this site called Medical Tests A to Z.

Caregiver Tips
Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act
Stress Management
Confusion, Memory Loss, and Altered Alertness
Down Syndrome
Parkinson's Disease
End-of-Life Care
Choosing a Health Care Agent
Grief and Grieving
Hospice Care
Writing an Advance Directive
medication center
medication assistance

This section provides you with an alphabetical listing of more than 1,000 medications, including prescription drugs and those you can purchase over-the-counter. Just select your medications to learn more about them. You can choose your medication by brand name or generic name.

Medications A-Z

If you are having difficulty paying for your medications you may qualify for financial assistance or free medications. Visit the Medication Assistance Center to learn about available medication and insurance programs.

Don't let financial problems stop you from getting the treatment you need; there are resources and organizations that may be able to help you.

additional resources

This listing provides you with Internet sites that are sponsored by government agencies or are well-known and credible national organizations.

Administration on Aging
Alzheimer's Association
Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center
Family Caregiver Alliance
MEDLINEplus—Alzheimer’s Disease
MEDLINEplus—Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Surfing the Internet
When looking at Internet sites, remember that the information can be sponsored by anyone. Take into account the sponsoring group or individual when gathering information or help. Be especially careful about giving out personal or financial information.

Learn more about surfing the web:

Depresión - [Depression]
Problemas de salud mental - [Mental Health Problems]
Suicidio - [Suicide]

Last modified on: 30 June 2015

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