Alzheimer’s disease: Why every American should get involved

Alzheimer’s disease the most common form of dementia, affecting over 5 million people in the United States alone. And anyone who knows a friend or family member who has suffered from Alzheimer’s will tell you that day-to-day living becomes a real struggle for both patients and caregivers.

Alzheimer’s is a degenerative brain disease, meaning it causes a progressive decline in brain function.  As the stages of the disease progress, memory loss and other symptoms become more prevalent.

Symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease can include:

  • Memory problems that persist or get worse over time;
  • Disorientation and problems understanding surroundings;
  • Problems with speaking and writing;
  • Difficulty concentrating;
  • Inability to perform daily tasks cooking, dressing and bathing;
  • Changes in personality and behavior.
There is no definitive test for Alzheimer’s disease, but a combination of physical and laboratory tests, as well as brain imaging help doctors to determine whether or not a patient is indeed suffering from Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.