What Is Alzheimer's Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, terminal brain disorder that has no known cause or cure.

BrightFocus is working to change that.

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The Effects of Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer’s steals the minds of its victims, leading to:

  • Memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Cognitive problems
  • Inability to communicate or care for oneself

The disease is also hard on families who provide the majority of caregiving. About 7 out of 10 people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias are cared for at home. Caregiving can be difficult—family and other unpaid caregivers may experience high levels of emotional stress and depression.



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The need for a cure is more urgent than ever.

Unless scientists can unlock the secrets of this disease, the number of cases is expected to double by the year 2050. This epidemic could overwhelm our health care system.

That’s where BrightFocus comes in. We are funding scientific research worldwide to defeat Alzheimer’s. Our funding has contributed to the development a high-performance blood test accurately identifies AD patients and at-risk individuals from healthy patients. It also provides important insights into memory decline and brain shrinkage.


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Alzheimer's Disease

Navigating Alzheimer's Disease

BrightFocus Foundation offers vetted resources to help you and your loved ones better understand, manage and live with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.


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Every 3 seconds, someone in the world develops dementia. A gift today helps fund the latest, research to get closer to a cure and help provide valuable information to families living with this disease.

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