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2010 Alzheimer's Disease progress report : a deeper understanding /

By: The National Institute on Aging
Publisher: Maryland, U.S. The National Institute on Aging 2011Description: 72 p.: illOther title: Alzheimer's Disease progress reportSubject(s): Dementia Research | Alzheimers Disease | Older People Health Aspects
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December 2011

Alzheimer's disease is an age-related brain disorder that gradually destroys a person's ability to remember, think, learn, and carry out even the simplest of tasks. Alzheimer's is a type of dementia, a broad term for diseases and conditions that damage brain cells and, over time, impair brain function. Alzheimer's is associated with the breakdown of connections between brain cells, or neurons, and their eventual death. ; Typically diagnosed in people age 60 and older, in rare cases the disease can occur in people in their 30s and 40s. The first clinical signs of Alzheimer's disease include memory loss or other cognitive problems, such as trouble with language or decision making. As cognition continues to decline, people may also experience disturbing changes in personality and behavior. In the final stage of Alzheimer's dementia, people lose the ability to recognize family and friends and become totally dependent on others for their daily care. Ultimately, Alzheimer's is a terminal illness.(Introduction - Extract)

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