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Alzheimer's Disease Health Center

Medical Reference Related to Alzheimers

  1. Alzheimer's Disease - What Happens

    How quickly dementia progresses depends on what is causing it and the area of the brain that is affected. Some types of dementia progress slowly over several years. Other types may progress more rapidly.

  2. Alzheimer's Disease - Topic Overview

    A diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or another dementia often raises some important legal and financial issues for the future. The person with dementia should be involved in these decisions as long as he or she is able and willing to be involved.Obtain professional legal advice as soon as possible. Early in the course of the disease, the person with dementia may be capable of participating in legal and financial planning. State and local bar associations will be able to provide the names of attorneys practicing in your area who deal with these issues.For certain types of legal advice, the Legal Aid Society, the local Area Agency on Aging, or the Alzheimer's Association will be able to help you find legal assistance at low cost.As soon as possible after the condition is diagnosed, talk about writing a living will and assigning a durable power of attorney for health care. These documents will ensure that the person's wishes for medical care, especially life-sustaining treatment, are in

  3. Alzheimer's Disease - Topic Overview

    A health professional may evaluate the day-to-day functioning of a person with Alzheimer's disease by asking questions and observing the person. This often is done informally during the medical history and physical exam. Sometimes the health professional may use a more formal functional status exam to evaluate a person's ability to perform daily activities. A functional status exam may also ...

  4. Alzheimer's Disease - Cause

    Alzheimer's disease causes changes or deterioration in certain areas of the brain that control thinking, communication, and behavior.

  5. Alzheimer's Disease - Symptoms

    Symptoms of dementia vary depending on the cause and the area of the brain that is affected. Memory loss is usually the earliest and most noticeable symptom.

  6. Alzheimer's Disease - Home Treatment

    Learn about Alzheimer's disease and what you might expect over time.

  7. Alzheimer's Disease - Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions with possible Alzheimer's disease.

  8. Alzheimer's Disease - Prevention

    Dementia is difficult to prevent because what causes it often is not known. However, people who have vascular dementia may be able to prevent future declines by lowering their risk of heart disease and stroke.

  9. Alzheimer's Disease - What Happens

    Learn what brain changes lead to Alzheimer's disease.

  10. Alzheimer's Disease - Treatment Overview

    Learn about Alzheimer's disease and how to maintain quality of life.

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