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Learn about Alzheimer's disease and dementia

Although many people use the terms interchangeably, Alzheimer's disease and dementia have different meanings. Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe symptoms that affect a person's ability to perform everyday activities on their own.

Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia. As a degenerative brain disease, Alzheimer's disease affects memory and behavior. It is a progressive disease, meaning its symptoms worsen over time.



Alzheimer's disease causes

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive brain disease. It involves changes in the brain, including amyloid plaques or neurofibrillary (tau protein) tangles, that result in the loss of neurons and their connections. This can affect a person's ability to think, remember, and live independently.



  • Alzheimer's research has identified several factors that can increase an individual's risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, including:

    • Age

    • Genetic factors

    • Lifestyle factors

    • Environmental factors



    Alzheimer's research has identified several factors that can increase an individual's risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, including:

    • Age

    • Genetic factors

    • Lifestyle factors

    • Environmental factors



Alzheimer's disease symptoms

  • The most common symptom of Alzheimer's disease, especially in the early stage, is forgetting newly learned information. Other behavioral and psychological symptoms of early Alzheimer's include:

    • Forgetting important dates

    • Asking the same questions repeatedly

    • Relying on memory aids, such as reminder notes


    As the disease progresses, it can lead to more severe Alzheimer's disease symptoms, such as:

    • Deepening confusion about events, time, and place

    • Suspicions about friends, family, and caregivers

    • Serious memory loss

    • Difficulty speaking, swallowing, and walking

    • Disorientation

    • Mood and behavior problems



How Alzheimer's disease is treated

There is no cure for dementia or Alzheimer's disease, and treatment often focuses on reducing symptoms.

If you're experiencing moderate to severe Alzheimer's, your doctor may recommend a combination of behavioral treatment and drug therapy. Your treatment may focus on mitigating memory changes, sleep issues, and behavioral changes.



Alzheimer's disease medication

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two types of medications: medications that change disease progression in Alzheimer's, and medications that temporarily improve the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.

Depending on your symptoms, your doctor may recommend the following Alzheimer's medications:



  • Glutamate regulators

    Such as Memantine (Namenda®), improve memory, attention, reason, language, and the ability to perform everyday tasks.

    Cholinesterase inhibitor drugs

    Such as Aricept®, treat cognitive symptoms related to memory, thinking, language, and other thought processes. These drugs also help nerve cells communicate.

    Anti-amyloid antibody intravenous (IV) therapies

    Such as aducanumab (Aduhelm), change disease progression. This treatment may be most effective for people with early Alzheimer's, which has been studied in clinical trials.



How to prevent Alzheimer's disease and dementia

While there is no way to prevent dementia, it's possible to reduce your risk of Alzheimer's disease by making healthy lifestyle choices, according to Mayo Clinic. Some ways to lower your risk include:

  • Getting regular exercise and eating a healthy diet

  • Managing hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease

  • Avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption

  • Maintaining social connections



When to see a doctor for Alzheimer's treatment

If you or a loved one begin to notice memory changes, behavior problems, or related symptoms, talk to your doctor.

Your doctor will ask questions to diagnose Alzheimer's disease. Depending on your symptoms, your doctor may also recommend physical and neurological testing and lab tests to provide an accurate diagnosis.

Alzheimer's disease treatment FAQs

  • What does Alzheimer's disease do to the brain?

    Alzheimer's disease damages the neurons and neural connections in the brain. This damage often starts in the region of the brain that controls memory, but the process may start years before the first symptoms of cognitive decline.

  • Who is most at risk for Alzheimer's disease?

    Age is the biggest risk factor for Alzheimer's disease. Most people with Alzheimer's are 65 or older. After age 65, the risk of Alzheimer's doubles every 5 years. After age 85, the risk reaches nearly one-third, according to the Alzheimer's Association.

  • What kind of treatments are there for Alzheimer's disease?

    Alzheimer's treatment typically includes a combination of drug therapy and behavioral interventions. The best treatment will depend on your specific symptoms, disease stage, and medical history.

  • How is Alzheimer's disease treated early?

    Your doctor may prescribe galantamine, rivastigmine, or donepezil—cholinesterase inhibitors that help mitigate cognitive and behavioral symptoms—to treat mild to moderate Alzheimer's.

3 simple steps to request treatment for Alzheimer's disease today 

Step 1

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Step 2

Talk to your medical provider regarding Alzheimer's disease and dementia symptoms.

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Step 3

Pick up a prescription to treat Alzheimer's disease.

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Related conditions to Alzheimer's disease

  • Dementia

    Dementia is a general term for an impaired ability to remember, think, or make decisions that disrupts everyday activities. Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia.



  • Mild cognitive impairment

    Mild cognitive impairment causes noticeable cognitive changes. However, mild cognitive impairment does not affect an individual's ability to function.



  • Traumatic brain injury

    Traumatic brain injury results from an impact to the head. It may affect an individual's cognitive functioning, including their learning and thinking skills. Some studies suggest that repeated brain injuries can increase the risk of dementia.



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How pricing works

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