Alzheimer's disease is an irreversible disorder of the brain, which leads to the loss of memory, and overall mental and physical function. Eventually it leads to death. Scientists are studying Alzheimer's disease from several different angles. Advances in medical genetics, pharmacologic therapy, and stem cell research hold promise for the Alzheimer's patient. Scientists are testing a number of drugs to see if they prevent Alzheimer's disease, slow the disease, or help reduce behavioral symptoms.
For more information on Alzheimer's disease several publications and resources are available from the National Institute on Aging. These publications may be viewed at the institute's Alzheimer's disease-dedicated website at http://www.alzheimers.org
Questions To Ask Your Doctor
- What tests need to be done to accurately diagnose this condition?
- Does the individual have Alzheimer's or could it be some other condition or disorder?
- Can it be cured?
Must it necessarily become progressively worse or can deterioration be halted?
- Can mental or thinking abilities be improved?
Can motor activities be improved?
- Is there a special diet that may help?
- How can the family get help to cope with this disease?