Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias

Alzheimer’s is an epidemic that shows zero signs of slowing down.


What is Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia and is a specific disease. Dementia is not.

Though the greatest known risk factor for Alzheimer’s is increasing age, the disease is not a normal part of aging. Most people with Alzheimer’s are 65 and older. However, approximately 200,000 Americans under 65 have younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

What is Dementia?

Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life while Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that is caused by complex brain changes following cell damage. Alzheimer’s leads to dementia symptoms that gradually worsen over time.

Examples of other types of dementia are:

Lewy Body Dementia Frontotemporal Dementia
Huntingtons Disease Parkinson’s Disease