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The risk of Alzheimer's disease goes up as you age. More women than men survive to the ages when Alzheimer's disease is most common. Learn more about brain impairment and memory loss in our Mental health section.
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Age Page: Forgetfulness: Knowing When to Ask for Help — This fact sheet explains the differences between dementia and normal age-related changes in memory. The diagnosis, treatment options, and research issues are considered.
Alzheimer's Disease — This website provides general information on Alzheimer’s disease. It discusses the causes, risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and further research in reference to this disease. It also provides information for caregivers.
Alzheimer's Disease Fact Sheet — This fact sheet discusses how Alzheimer's disease is not a normal part of aging. It describes the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and care for those with Alzheimer's disease.
Alzheimer's Disease Medications Fact Sheet — This publication provides information on the medications used to treat mild to severe symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. A table provides the recommended effective dosage and possible side effects for these medicines.
Can Alzheimer's Disease Be Prevented? — This brochure explains risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) that can’t be controlled — our genes and aging. It also looks at a number of health, lifestyle, and environmental factors, such as high blood pressure and social engagement, that may play a role in developing and/or preventing AD.
Depression and Alzheimer's Disease (Copyright © American Academy of Family Physicians) — This fact sheet discusses the link between Alzheimer's disease and depression, how to help a family member suffering from depression and Alzheimer's, the important role a physician can play, and what types of medicines can help. It also includes a resource list for more information.
Financial Matters (Copyright © Alzheimer's Association) — This fact sheet from the Alzheimer's Association describes what documents to gather when searching for financial assistance, costs you may face, ways to cover the costs, and more.
Home Safety for People With Alzheimer's Disease — This booklet is for those who provide in-home care for people with Alzheimer’s disease or related disorders. The goal is to improve home safety by identifying potential problems in the home and offering possible solutions to help prevent accidents.
Understanding Alzheimer's Disease — Do you have questions about Alzheimer’s disease? This booklet tells you about the signs of Alzheimer’s disease, why it is so important to see your doctor early, treatment for the disease, and how to get help if you are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease.
Connect with other organizations
Administration on Aging, HHS
Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center, NIA, NIH, HHS
Alzheimer's Disease Research, BrightFocus Foundation
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH, HHS
National Institute on Aging Information Center, NIA, NIH, HHS
Content last updated August 12, 2010.
Resources last updated August 12, 2010.
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