Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia— a brain disorder that affects a person's ability to carry out daily activities.

In the beginning stages, Alzheimer’s disease affects the parts of the brain that control thought, memory and language. Those with the disease may have trouble remembering recent events or peoples’ names. As symptoms gets worse, patients may not recognize family members, have communication difficulties, and forget how to do day-to-day tasks like brushing their teeth or getting dressed. Later stages of AD may include anxiety or aggression. Eventually, AD patients need complete care.

Alzheimer’s disease usually begins after age 60. Your risk is also higher if a family member has had the disease.

There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but some drugs may delay the progression of symptoms.