What is Alzheimer’s Disease

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First described by Dr. Alois Alzheimer in 1906, Alzheimer’s disease (pronounced Alts’-hi-merz) is a degenerative brain disease that usually begins gradually, causing a person to forget recent events or familiar tasks. How rapidly it advances varies from person to person, but the brain disease eventually causes confusion, personality and behavior changes and impaired judgment. Communication becomes difficult as the affected person struggles to find words, finish thoughts or follow directions. Eventually, most people with Alzheimer’s disease become unable to care for themselves.