Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible and progressive brain disorder that will over time, destroy brain function and memory.
Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible and progressive brain disorder that will over time, destroy brain function and memory. Some may first be able to identify or detect the disease when trying to remember things like phone numbers or appointments, progressing to the inability to perform daily tasks such as bathing or eating.
This disease was identified by and named after Dr. Alois Alzheimer, a German doctor who had noticed changes in his patient; and upon her death was able to identify the cause of her strange behavior and memory loss. The cause of the symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease is due to abnormal clumps, called amyloid plaques found in the brain as well as tangled fibers, called neurofibrillary.
Usually, the damage first takes place in the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain that is responsible for storing memories. Over time, the brain tissue shrinks significantly, and the damage is widespread.
Over 5 and a half million Americans aged 65 and older are affected by this disease.1 Unless science can find ways to treat or prevent Alzheimer’s disease, these numbers will increase with the population trends. Alzheimer’s is currently the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States.
Although there is no cure yet, doctors and scientists are working hard to identify the cure to this disease. By joining a clinical study, volunteers can help to advance the science and care behind this devastating disease.