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Q: What is Alzheimer's disease?
A: Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive degenerative disease that attacks the brain and results in impaired memory, thinking and behavior. It affects an estimated 4 million American adults.

Q: Who is affected by Alzheimer's disease?
A: AD is more likely to occur as a person gets older. Approximately 10% of all people over age 65 are affected by AD. This percentage rises to 47.2% in those age 85 or older. AD can occur in middle age as well.

Q: What are the symptoms?
A: AD has a gradual onset. Symptoms include difficulty with memory and loss of intellectual abilities. Symptoms may be severe enough to interfere with routine work or social activities. The individual with AD may experience confusion, language problems (such as having trouble finding words), poor or decreased judgment, disorientation to place and time, and changes in behavior or personality.


Q: How is Alzheimer's disease diagnosed?

A: At this time, there is no single diagnostic test for AD. There may be as many as 100 conditions that mimic the symptoms of AD. For this reason, anyone suspected of having AD should have a thorough medical history and physical exam, as well as neuropsychological testing. Reversible causes of memory loss can be diagnosed when proper medical help is sought.

Q: What causes Alzheimer's disease?
A: Scientists are still looking for the cause of AD, and their research is pointing in several directions.

Q: Can Alzheimer's disease be treated or cured?
A: At this time, there is no cure available to stop or reverse the mental deterioration of AD. However, new research findings give reason for hope.

Q: Is there help for people affected by Alzheimer's disease?
A: Yes, the Chapter is a voluntary organization dedicated to providing support and assistance to individuals with AD and their families. A call to the Chapter's Helpline is the first step to obtaining this help.

Q: What is the Memory Walk?
A: The Memory Walk is an annual fundraising event. It is sponsored by the Chapter. Families are encouraged to attend and enjoy the day. Individuals with AD also attend.


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