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  • Alzheimer’s disease is a physical disease of the brain with progressive damage to brain cells, which causes dementia.
  • Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia in Australia, accounting for about two thirds of cases.
  • A number of factors contribute to development of the disease, including environmental, genetic and health factors.
  • Understanding the risk factors for developing Alzheimer’s disease can help you to make decisions about potential strategies for risk reduction.
  • Diagnosis can be difficult, but an early visit to the doctor is critical.
  • People with Alzheimer’s disease differ in the patterns of problems they experience and in the speed with which their abilities deteriorate, as they move through the stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Treatment can help with memory and thinking problems, depression and sleep disturbances, but there is no cure

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Reviewed on: 31-05-2014