Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What Is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease causes irreversible and progressive degeneration of brain tissue. Individuals most commonly present with cognitive impairment in the form of mild memory loss. This early stage is known as Mild Cognitive Impairment or MCI. This can progress to worsening cognitive impairment affecting language, orientation, insight and reasoning. The dementia stage of Alzheimer’s disease occurs when the extent of cognitive impairment interferes with the individuals’ ability to be independent in their work or daily functions. Psychological symptoms such as depression, anxiety and agitation are often present. Onset is most common after the age of 65 but can occur in individual’s in their 40’s or 50’s. Currently approved treatments can help with symptoms but unfortunately we have no medications that slow down this fatal disease.