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.


Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

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.


Causes of Alzheimer’s Disease

Scientists believe that a combination of genetic, lifestyle, and environmental factors influence when Alzheimer’s disease begins and how it progresses.

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Symptoms and Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease

Find out about the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and how the disease is diagnosed.


Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease

Current treatment approaches focus on helping people maintain mental function, manage behavioral symptoms, and slow or delay the symptoms of disease.


Related Dementias

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.


Living with Dementia

Do you have Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia? Get information and resources to help with daily living and planning for the future.


Dementia Research and Clinical Trials

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.

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Famous People Diagnosed With Dementia

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia doesn’t just target one group of people. Rich or poor, famous or unknown — dementia can strike.