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Alzheimer's Disease Medications

What is Alzheimer's Disease?

  • Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia in industrialized nations.
  • Dementia is a brain disorder that interferes with a person's ability to carryout everyday activities.
  • Alzheimer's disease usually affects the parts of the brain that control cognitive (intellectual) functions such as thought, memory, and language.

What Causes Alzheimer's Disease?

  • Aging is a risk factor for developing Alzheimer's disease (AD), but most experts believe that Alzheimer's disease is not a normal part of aging.
  • Family history or genetics may be linked to the cause of Alzheimer's disease, but much research is currently in progress to better understand the cause.
  • This research will also assist us in knowing more about how to best prevent and treat Alzheimer's disease.
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