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About Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, and this terminal, progressive brain disorder has no known cause or cure. It slowly steals the minds of its victims, leading to memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, personality changes, disorientation and the inability to communicate. More than 5 million Americans are believed to have Alzheimer's disease and by 2050, as the U.S. population ages, this number could increase to nearly 14 million. Worldwide, nearly 44 million people are believed to be living with Alzheimer's disease or dementia. That number is projected to increase to 76 million by 2030 and 135 million by 2050. The emotional and financial costs of Alzheimer's disease and dementia are enormous.

Alzheimer's Disease Research (ADR), a program of the BrightFocus Foundation seeks to avert this tidal wave by funding research to find a cure. We are also committed to fully informing the public, those directly affected and their caregivers about this disease by offering updates on the latest research, as well as risk factors, prevention and coping strategies. Since the program's inception, ADR has awarded more than $87.7 million to support promising research in fields ranging from molecular biology to epidemiology.

Understanding Alzheimer's Disease
For comprehensive information about Alzheimer's disease, its history, current statistics, symptoms and stages, as well as easily understood medical illustrations on how it affects the body...
Risk Factors
There are two known risk factors for developing Alzheimer's disease, age and genetics, but there are many other factors scientists believe may put people at higher risk. Learn more about these…
Symptoms
To better understand common symptoms of Alzheimer's and the changes that may take place in its three general stages…
Screening and Diagnosis
For more information on how physicians screen people who may have Alzheimer's and the tests used for diagnosis…

Disclaimer: The information provided in this section is a public service of the BrightFocus Foundation, and should not in any way substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional and is not intended to constitute medical advice. Although we take efforts to keep the medical information on our website updated, we cannot guarantee that the information on our website reflects the most up-to-date research. Please consult your physician for personalized medical advice; all medications and supplements should only be taken under medical supervision. BrightFocus Foundation does not endorse any medical product or therapy.

Last Review: 04/15/14

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