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Alzheimer's disease

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Introduction
Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia. Dementia is a group of symptoms associated with a decline in the way your brain functions, affecting your memory and the way you behave.
Symptoms of Alzheimer's disease
The symptoms of Alzheimer's disease progress slowly over several years. They are often similar to those of other conditions and may initially be put down to old age.
Causes of Alzheimer's disease
Alzheimer's disease is caused by parts of the brain wasting away (atrophy), which damages the structure of the brain and how it works.
Diagnosing Alzheimer's disease
See your GP if you are worried about your memory or think you may have dementia.
Treating Alzheimer's disease
There is currently no cure for Alzheimer's disease, but treatments are available to help delay the condition's development.
Preventing Alzheimer's disease
As the exact cause of Alzheimer's disease is still unknown, there is no way to prevent the condition.
"His behaviour began to be a bit odd at times"
Stan Lintern has had Alzheimer's disease for 10 years. He is cared for by his wife Denise, who helped to set up the Maidstone branch of the Alzheimer's Society.