We all forget things as we get older. Mild memory loss is common in older adults and as long as it doesn't affect their daily lives, isn't usually a problem. But memory loss that gets worse and affects daily life may be a sign of dementia. Dementia can cause problems with memory and how well a person is able to think and plan. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia. Usually dementia gets worse over time. How long this takes is different for each person. Some people stay the same for years. Others lose skills quickly. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about dementia, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.
The Basics of Alzheimer's Disease
Learn about Alzheimer's disease and what causes it.
Tips for Maintaining a Normal Life With Alzheimer's Disease
Tips for keeping your life as normal as possible with Alzheimer's disease.
Glossary of Alzheimer's Disease Terms
A guide to terms associated with Alzheimer's disease and what they mean.
The Basics of Dementia
WebMD provides a brief overview of dementia causes, diagnosis, and treatment.
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Researchers working to unlock the secrets of how memories are formed may one day offer treatments, or even cures, for some of our most devastating brain disorders -- from Alzheimer's to Parkinson's to mental retardation.
Is Your Memory Normal?
Experts say that mild memory loss is perfectly normal -- especially as we age.
An Aspirin a Day ... or Not?
We've long known that aspirin reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes while increasing your chances of surviving them. But now this household drug may protect you in other ways, too.
Video How You Can Help At Mealtimes
For a person with Alzheimer’s, mealtime can be challenging. Here are some suggestions that may help.
When Your Loved One Needs More Care
When caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, how do you know when it’s time for help?
Are You At Risk for Caregiver Burnout?
Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s can be very demanding. Know if you are at risk for caregiver burnout and how to get help.
Learn about how brain training may help with cognitive development in children and adults.
Slideshows & Images
When a Loved One Has Alzheimer's Disease
WebMD's caregiver's guide to understanding Alzheimer's disease symptoms and stages. Includes tips to avoid caregiver burnout.
Myths and Facts About Depression
Folk remedies and half-truths still prevent many from getting treatment for depression. Pictures show unusual symptoms in men, seniors, and others, along with many ways to recover.
What Helps Brain Health
Things That Raise Your Chances of Dementia
Do you know the things that make you more likely to develop dementia and what you can do about them?
How Is Your Memory Holding Up?
Memory Quiz: Take this quiz to find out how we remember and why we forget.
How Well Do You Know Your Brain?
Try this quiz to see how much you know about brain cells, brain size, and more.
Take the Memory Quiz on Forgetfuness
What causes memory glitches, how to protect your memory, and intriguing facts about the human mind -- test how much you know about memory matters.