Alzheimer’s disease information from the National Institutes of Health

Alzheimer’s Disease Fact Sheet

Get the facts about Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia in older adults. Learn about symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and caregiving.

What Is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Learn about Alzheimer’s, a brain disease that causes memory loss and other cognitive impairment. It’s the most common cause of dementia in older adults.

What Is Dementia?

Dementia is a loss of thinking, remembering, and reasoning skills that interferes with a person’s daily life and activities. While dementia is more common with advanced age, it is not a normal part of aging. Learn why.

Types of Dementia

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. Learn about other dementias, including Lewy body dementia, frontotemporal disorders, vascular dementia, and mixed dementia.

Frequently Asked Questions About Alzheimer’s Disease

Learn about Alzheimer’s disease in these FAQs from the National Institute on Aging.

“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.”

Now What? Next Steps After an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

Get information and resources about what to do and expect after a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.

How Is Alzheimer’s Disease Treated?

Learn about prescription drugs and other strategies to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Find out about medicines to avoid and take with caution.

Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease: A Resource List

Get resources about early-onset Alzheimer’s. Online materials discuss this rare neurodegenerative disease, legal/financial issues, and caregiving.

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