Answers to Common Alzheimer’s Disease Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about Alzheimer’s disease and how to live with and manage the condition.

What is Alzheimer's disease?

Dr. Larry Lawhorne discusses Alzheimer’s disease. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

 

Alzheimer's disease is one of the most common forms of dementia. Dementia is really the umbrella term for lots of different problems that people have with memory and thinking, but Alzheimer's is the most common. It’s almost always characterized by memory loss followed by the loss of other functions of thinking like word finding, the ability to do calculations and the ability to remember how to do procedural things like loading the dishwasher. Eventually, someone with Alzheimer’s encounters problems doing almost anything. It really affects daily life in a major way. It also affects many other members of the family, including spouses and children in particular.

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Source: Larry Lawhorne, MD, Wright State Physicians; National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer’s Association