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What is Alzheimer's disease?

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Alzheimer's is a disease that robs people of their memory. It makes brain tissue break down over time. People with Alzheimer's might forget their loved ones. They might forget how to dress themselves, feed themselves, and use the toilet.

It usually happens to people over age 65, but the disease isn’t a normal part of aging. Scientists aren’t sure why some people get it and others don’t.

SOURCES: 

American Association of Family Physicians. 

Alzheimer's Foundation of America. 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 

American Federation of Aging Research. 

American Health Assistance Foundation. 

Centre for Neuro Skills. 

Office of Dietary Supplements. 

Peter Doskoch. , October 2000. Neuropsychiatry Reviews

Reviewed by Neil Lava on February 03, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Association of Family Physicians. 

Alzheimer's Foundation of America. 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 

American Federation of Aging Research. 

American Health Assistance Foundation. 

Centre for Neuro Skills. 

Office of Dietary Supplements. 

Peter Doskoch. , October 2000. Neuropsychiatry Reviews

Reviewed by Neil Lava on February 03, 2019

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