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Were you looking for information about Alzheimer's Disease? Alzhiemers is a common misspelling of Alzheimer's.
In 1906, Dr. Alzheimer noticed changes in the brain of a woman who had died of an unusual mental illness. Within the brain tissue, he found abnormal clumps and tangled bundles of fibers, which are now considered classic signs of Alzheimer's disease. The disease usually begins after age 60, and the risk of developing this condition goes up with age. While people may get Alzheimer's disease at a younger age, it is much less common in younger people.
Early symptoms may include difficulty remembering recent events, activities, or the names of familiar people or things. As the disease progresses, symptoms become more noticeable. In later stages of the disease, signs of Alzheimer's can include becoming anxious or aggressive or wandering away from home.
Currently, there is no treatment that can stop or cure Alzheimer's disease. However, medications are available that can help with symptoms, such as problems with memory or those related to behavior. Unfortunately, these medicines only work to prevent some symptoms from becoming worse for a limited period of time.
(Click Alzheimer's Disease for more information about the symptoms of Alzheimer's, factors that may contribute to this condition, and possible treatment options. You can also click any of the links in the box to the right for specific information.)
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