Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly damages and ultimately destroys brain cells, leading to the loss of memory and thinking skills and even the ability to carry out simple daily tasks. Alzheimer’s disease is not part of the normal aging process. It develops gradually over time and progressively gets worse as more brain cells die. Eventually, Alzheimer’s disease is fatal and, presently, there is no cure.
Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease
Memory loss that persists and worsens over time is the fundamental symptom of Alzheimer’s disease. A person with the disease may make poor judgments or decisions that are uncharacteristic of them. Alzheimer’s disease can also impact a person’s thinking and reasoning and ability to plan and perform even familiar tasks over time. Changes in personality and behavior can also occur, including symptoms such as depression, social withdrawal, distrust, changes in sleeping habits, wandering and more.