Alzheimer’s Disease

Let's Talk About Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer’s is not easy, but we’ll help you make sense of its symptoms, treatments, and what it means for your life.

    Our Pro PanelAlzheimer's Disease

    We went to some of the nation’s top experts in Alzheimer’s to bring you the most up-to-date information possible.

    Andrew E. Budson, M.D. headshot.

    Andrew E. Budson, M.D.Professor of Neurology

    Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System and Boston University School of Medicine
    Suzanne Craft, Ph.D. headshot.

    Suzanne Craft, Ph.D.Professor of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine

    Wake Forest School of Medicine
    Winston-Salem, NC
    Cynthia Lemere, Ph.D. headshot.

    Cynthia Lemere, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Neurology

    Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School
    Alzheimer's statistics: Number of people over 65 have Alzheimer's, 6th leading cause of death in U.S., number of Americans with Alzheimer's, number of years you could have Allzheimer's before symptoms begin, number of patients who are women
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    Common treatments for Alzheimer's include cholinesterase inhibitors, namenda, namzaric, future treatment
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    Ways to prevent Alzheimer's disease include daily exercise, mediterranean diet, stop smoking and moderate alcohol, medication, engaging your brain, and protecting yourself against falls, strokes, and illness
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    Frequently Asked QuestionsAlzheimer's Disease

    Is Alzheimer’s the same as dementia?

    Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia and the most common one. About 80% of people with dementia have Alzheimer’s disease, and about 1 in 10 adults over 65 have Alzheimer’s.

    If my mom had Alzheimer’s am I at risk too?

    Having a first-degree relative who had Alzheimer’s can up your chances of getting it by around 10% to 15%. But it’s important to remember that you can actually decrease your risk by nearly a third by following the steps to stay heart-healthy. What’s the connection? Conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes up your risk of Alzheimer’s, too.

    Can I prevent Alzheimer’s?

    Experts think that exercise, a healthy diet, a rich social life (volunteering, say, or book clubs), quitting smoking and avoiding binge drinking can be just as important for your brain as it is for your body.

    Is there a cure for Alzheimer’s?

    Not yet. At best the medications for the disease can set back the clock, but they can’t stop the disease’s progress. But that may be changing. There is a new blood test in the works that can spot Alzheimer’s early on, when lifestyle changes can minimize the memory loss. And there are new drugs being tested that may slow the progress of the disease so people can work, drive, and continue with their lives for longer.

    Linda Rodgers

    Linda Rodgers


    Linda Rodgers is a former magazine and digital editor turned writer, focusing on health and wellness.