What is Alzheimer's disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is an illness of the brain which causes dementia. Over half the people in Scotland who have dementia have Alzheimer’s disease.

Age is the only known risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. Most people who have it are over 70 years old and it is rare for people under 60 to develop Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s disease gradually destroys brain cells and their connections. This affects how the person copes with everyday tasks. Each person will be affected differently and it isn’t possible to predict which symptoms they will develop.

Very often, a person’s short-term memory is affected. With the right help and support, people with Alzheimer’s disease can enjoy a good quality of life for many years.

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