Alzheimer’s disease: what is it?
Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative disease that causes a progressive decline in cognition and memory. Gradually, a destruction of nerve cells occurs in brain regions related to memory and language. Over time, the affected person has more difficulty in remembering events, to recognize objects and faces, to remember the meaning of words and to exercise judgment.
Generally, symptoms appear after age 65 and the prevalence of the disease increases sharply with age. However, contrary to popular belief, Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal consequence of aging. Read the rest of this entry »