Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive, terminal brain disorder, is the most common form of dementia, affecting mostly people age 65 and older. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and has no known cause or cure.
Alzheimer’s slowly steals the minds of its victims, leading to memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, personality changes, disorientation, and inability to communicate.
More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, two-thirds of whom are women. By 2025, the number of Americans age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s is estimated to reach more than 7 million, and by 2050, nearly 14 million—unless medical breakthroughs can prevent or cure the disease.
In this section, you can find out more about Alzheimer’s disease and how you can manage care for yourself or a loved one.
- Find out how regular exercise, a healthy diet, and social and mental stimulation can help preserve your cognitive function, in Healthy Living.
- Learn more about the disease in Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease, including prevention and risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
- Get suggestions for ways to manage care for yourself or a loved one, including finding a doctor, government benefits, and insurance and long-term care in Managing Alzheimer’s Disease.
- Living with Alzheimer’s Disease has information about home safety, family and relationships, quality of life, and more.
- If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s, find practical information and social and emotional support for caregivers in Caring for Someone Else.