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Glen Campbell advocate for Alzheimer’s

Read about Glen Campbell advocate for Alzheimer’s at the Grammy here. Alzheimer’s disease is a neurological brain disorder named after a German physician, Alois Alzheimer, who first described it in 1906. Related Links About Alzheimer’s Alzheimer’s Symptoms & Stages Donate … Continue reading

Nonpharmacological Therapies in Alzheimer’s Disease: A Systematic Review of Efficacy

Therapies for Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and Their Caregivers Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders September 10, 2010 Full PDF here A systematic review of previous worldwide studies, researchers led by Barry Reisberg, MD, the clinical director of the Fisher Alzheimer’s … Continue reading

Alzheimer’s and Other Health Problems

How might other health problems affect people with Alzheimer’s? Another reason for using medications in people who have Alzheimer’s disease is to reduce what is sometimes called “excess disability,” which refers to the increase in Alzheimer’s-like symptoms that are actually … Continue reading

Senile Dementia

What is Senility? Senility, which is now more commonly referred to as dementia, is characterized by a decrease in cognitive abilities. This may include the person’s ability to concentrate, to recall information, and to properly judge a situation. Senility is … Continue reading

Memory Loss

What is Memory Loss? Memory loss is unusual forgetfulness that can be caused by brain damage due to disease or injury, or it can be caused by severe emotional trauma. Possible Causes of Memory Loss: Aging Alzheimer’s disease Other forms … Continue reading

Plain Talk About Alzheimer’s Research

At the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, we are funding innovative Alzheimer’s research that is beginning to make serious headway. I wanted to talk to you not as a scientist, but as a regular guy originally from the Midwest, … Continue reading

Genetic Risk Factors

Scientists who study the genetics of Alzheimer’s distinguish between “familial Alzheimer’s disease,” which runs in families, and “sporadic Alzheimer’s disease”, where no obvious inheritance pattern is seen. True familial Alzheimer’s disease accounts for less than 5% of Alzheimer’s cases. Sporadic … Continue reading

Non-Genetic Risk Factors

Age During the course of normal aging, the brain undergoes a number of changes: Some neurons (nerve cells) in certain brain regions die, although most neurons important to learning are spared; Some neurons and the fibers that connect them to … Continue reading

What are the Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s Disease?

Two proven risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease are age and family history. The disease usually strikes after age 65, and risk increases with advancing age. Having a family member with Alzheimer’s increases one’s risk, particularly if the relative has the … Continue reading

Who Is Affected by Alzheimer’s Disease?

35 million people worldwide have Alzheimer’s disease. 5.3 million people in the US have Alzheimer’s disease. Every 70 seconds someone in America develops Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is the fifth leading cause of death in people 65 and older. Death from … Continue reading