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Alzheimer's Disease Overview

What is Alzheimer's disease?
A person with Alzheimer's disease loses brain function, resulting in difficulties with behavior, communication, learning, and memory. Alzheimer's disease is rare in those who are less than 60 years old. In Alzheimer's disease, mental function tends to decline steadily over months to years. The underlying cause for Alzheimer's disease is unknown, but genetics may play a role.

What are the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease?
Symptoms of Alzheimer's disease include anxiety, apathy, difficulty communicating, difficulty concentrating, insomnia, memory loss, poor judgment, and confusion.

How does the doctor treat Alzheimer's disease?
Treatment for Alzheimer's disease may include medications to control symptoms and improve brain function.

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Last Updated: Feb 5, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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