The Breckinridge: An Alzheimer's Residence

What Is Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of the dementing disorders currently affecting as many as 4 million Americans. Alzheimer's disease is a progressive, degenerative disease that attacks the brain and results in impaired memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms of Alzheimer's disease include:

  • a gradual memory loss
  • decline in ability to perform routine tasks
  • disorientation in time and space
  • impairment of judgment
  • personality change
  • difficulty in learning
  • loss of language and communication skills.
The rate of progression in Alzheimer's patients varies from case to case, ranging from 2 to 20 years. While a definitive diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease is possible only through the examination of brain tissue, which is usually done at autopsy, it is important for a person suffering from any symptoms of dementia to undergo a thorough clinical examination. In fact, after such an evaluation, approximately 20% of suspected Alzheimer's cases prove to be a medical condition other than Alzheimer's, sometimes treatable.

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