Memory Matters: Alzheimer’s and the Brain

Research shows that more than 5 million Americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). One in three elderly patients dies with Alzheimer’s or dementia, making it the sixth leading fatality in the United States. Alzheimer’s awareness, research studies, and learning more about brain health are all essential to our collective well-being.

Alzheimer’s is a disease that attacks the brain. It is defined by progressive mental deterioration that can occur in middle or old age due to generalized degeneration of the brain. It is the most common form of dementia. Because it is a progressive disease, symptoms gradually worsen over the years. In its early stages, memory loss is mild, but late-stage Alzheimer’s can affect an individual’s ability to communicate and respond to his or her environment. Dr. Ole Thienhaus, professor of psychiatry and chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, discusses the impact of living with Alzheimer’s disease and the importance of focusing on quality of life for both the patient and their caregiver.

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Release Date: 
06/21/2019 - 11:00am