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Alzheimer’s disease is defined as premature aging of the brain usually beginning in mid-adult life and progressing rapidly to extreme loss of mental power. It is a gradually progressive disease of the brain that is characterized by the destruction of memory and ultimately by disturbances in reasoning, planning, language, and perception. It is a neurological disorder in which the death of brain cells causes memory loss and cognitive decline.

Pathologically, one finds an accumulation of amyloid plagues ranging in diameter from 10 to several hundred micrometers in widespread areas of the brain, including in the cerebral cortex, hippocampus, basal ganglia, Thalamus and even the cerebellum. Thus Alzheimer’s disease appears to be a metabolic degenerative disease. An accurate and timely diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can give you the best chance to prepare and plan for the future, as well as receive any treatment or support that may help.

Characteristic symptoms of Alzheimer disease include-

  • difficulty writing or speaking,
  • confusion, disorientation and getting lost in familiar places
  • losing or misplacing items,
  • low mood or anxiety
  • loss of interest in daily activities, and
  • poor judgment.

One consistent finding in Alzheimer’s disease is a loss of neurons in that part of the limbic pathway that drives the memory process. Loss of this memory function is devastating.