Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging

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Evidence-based, scientific information to educate, inform, and assist translating research into public health practice.

What is Alzheimer's Disease?

Alzheimer’s, the most common type of dementia, is a progressive disease affecting nearly 6 million people.  Alzheimer’s disease involves parts of the brain that control thought, memory and language.  It can seriously affect a person’s ability to carry out daily activities.  It begins with mild memory loss and can lead loss of ability to carry a conversation and respond to the environment.