Alzheimer’s Information Center
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia in older adults. It is not a normal part of aging. Learn more about the disease, and get news, tips, and resources for caregivers and health care professionals.
Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. It is the most common cause of dementia in older adults. While dementia is more common as people grow older, it is not a normal part of aging.
Find out about the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and how the disease is diagnosed.
Many conditions and diseases cause dementia. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause. Other causes include brain changes that lead to vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia, and frontotemporal disorders.
Scientists are making great strides in identifying potential new ways to help diagnose, treat, and even prevent Alzheimer’s and related dementias. These advances are possible because thousands of people have participated in clinical trials and other studies.