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Alzheimer's Disease

09 Feb 2012
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Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease that causes brain cells to die. Over time, the brain shrinks and stops working efficiently causing symptoms of Alzheimer's to worsen.

People with Alzheimer’s can find themselves having difficulty remembering things, understanding and communicating with others, and reasoning.

Alzheimer's is treated with a range of techniques, including the use of memory aids, involvement in stimulating activities and increased social interaction.


The following factors may play a part in causing Alzheimer's:

  • Genetic factors
  • Being over the age of 65
  • Having Down syndrome
  • Suffering a severe head injury or having whiplash
  • Aluminium


  • Change in mood
  • Forgetfulness
  • Difficulty with processing new information
  • Difficulty learning new things
  • Difficulties with communication
  • Confusion



Treatment for Alzheimer's disease may include:

  • Medication
  • Keeping a diary of things to remember
  • Cognitive stimulation programmes


If you have any of the above symptoms, contact your general practitioner.




Video: What is Alzheimer's Disease?



Video: Learn About Alzheimer's Disease



Healthination: What is Alzheimer's Disease?
Fisher Centre for Alzheimer's Research Foundation – Videos




Alzheimer’s New Zealand



Alzheimer’s Association
National Institute on Aging
NHS – Alzheimer's



British Medical Journal
Journal of the American Medical Association
The Lancet
Alzheimer Research Forum


FORUMS – Alzheimer's Forum
Alzheimer's Association – Message Board



The information above is of a general nature and is designed to provide you with an overview of the topic, with links to local and international resources that may be of interest.  We do our best to ensure that this information is accurate and up to date.

You should always, however, seek specific professional medical advice, treatment and care appropriate to you, and as such we strongly recommend you consult with your general practitioner first.



Updated April 2012
Image credit: Wikipedia – Alzheimer's disease