Slide Shows

Module 1: Understanding Alzheimer's Disease

Understanding Alzheimer's Disease
Alzheimer's disease is a brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. It is a progressive disease, which means it gets worse over time. Alzheimer's is the most common cause of dementia among people aged 65 and older. Rarely, people younger than 65 can have Alzheimer's. This is called early-onset Alzheimer's disease. This slide show explains the symptoms, causes and risk factors of Alzheimer's disease, as well as what happens in the brain in Alzheimer's disease. This slide show also describes mixed dementia, and the steps you can take to reduce your risk for Alzheimer's disease.
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Module 2: Managing and Treating Alzheimer's Disease

Managing and Treating Alzheimer's Disease
This slide show explains management and treatment options for Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's disease currently cannot be cured, but drugs and other treatments can help reduce symptoms, slow memory loss, and improve quality of life. This slide show describes medications for memory loss and medications for behavioral symptoms. It also describes non-drug treatments that can help people with Alzheimer's disease sleep better, feel calmer and happier, and possibly keep doing daily activities for longer. Discuss all your treatment options and questions with your doctor and healthcare team. This will help you make decisions that are right for you and your loved one. If there is anything you don't understand, ask to have it explained.
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Jointly provided by the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower and Prime Medic Inc., in collaboration with Postgraduate Institute for Medicine.

This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Biogen Idec.

This website is part of the Animated Patient™ series developed by Prime Medic Inc., to provide highly visual formats of learning for patients to improve their understanding, make informed decisions, and partner with their healthcare professionals for optimal outcomes.