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Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness

06/22/18

Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. In most people with Alzheimer’s, symptoms first appear in their mid-60s. Estimates vary, but experts suggest that more than five million Americans may have Alzheimer’s.

There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Current approaches focus on helping people maintain mental function, manage behavioral symptoms, and slow down certain problems, such as memory loss. Researchers are working to develop therapies targeting specific genetic, molecular, and cellular mechanisms so that the actual underlying cause of the disease can be stopped or prevented.

As the most common form of dementia, the specialists at Jefferson's Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience treat Alzheimer's patients early in the disease progression, while also providing skills and support to caregivers. Click here to learn more. 

In honor of Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month, please consider making a gift to support the Department of Neurology.