Alzheimer's Disease Basics

About Alzheimer’s Disease

Dementia is the gradual loss of cognitive function, which includes thinking, remembering, and reasoning. Those suffering from dementia often find it difficult to perform tasks they previously found simple. There are many forms of dementia, but of these, the most common is Alzheimer’s Disease. While the illness is not fully understood, common consensus attributes it to the gradual accumulation of Amyloid, a normally produced protein, within the brain. Neurons begin to lose efficiency and, as time passes, they lose the ability to communicate with each other. Such a process occurs years before the first Alzheimer’s symptoms appear. These changes eventually spread to the hippocampus, responsible for forming new memories, and other brain tissues. In the late stages of the diseases, widespread neuron death is present and significant brain tissue has shrunken in size.

Alzheimer's in Hispanics

By the year 2050, an estimated 1.3 million Hispanics will be living with Alzheimer's disease.