About Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible brain disease that slowly destroys memory, thinking ability, and, over time, the ability to carry out daily activities. Dementia is the term for conditions where memory, language and problem-solving difficulties are severe enough to interfere in everyday life. Many conditions can cause dementia, but Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause.

Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases of dementia1. It typically affects people over the age of 65 but can affect those younger too. There is no cure or effective long-term treatment.  

Most people show signs of dementia well before they are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Family and friends are often the first to notice changes that could be signs of Alzheimer’s disease. It can be difficult to tell whether the changes are typical signs of aging or something more serious. It can also be difficult to know what steps to take if a loved one or friend shows signs of Alzheimer’s disease. 

Alzheimer’s Disease FAQ
Read these common questions and answers to get an overview of Alzheimer’s disease, who is affected by it and when to see a doctor for evaluation. 

Genetic Risk Factors
Genetic testing may determine whether you have an increased risk for developing Alzheimer’s, but it can’t identify whether you have it already or will develop it in the future. 

The Impact of Alzheimer’s Disease
Millions of Americans deal with the consequences of Alzheimer’s disease.  This report provides detailed information about how patients and caregivers alike are affected.

Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease
Learn how health care professionals diagnose Alzheimer’s disease.

Learn about what treatments are available.

Additional Information from the Alzheimer’s Association

Research is underway to find treatments that may reduce, delay or prevent symptoms.

Brain Health
Learn about lifestyle changes that promote a healthy brain.

Alzheimer’s Association. Alzheimer’s disease facts and figures. https://www.alz.org/media/Documents/alzheimers-facts-and-figures.pdf. 2023. Accessed August 14, 2023.