Alzheimer’s disease is a chronic brain disease that gradually erodes an individual’s memory, intellectual abilities and personality.
During the early stages, the most obvious symptom is an inability to learn and remember new information.
In advanced stages, the ability to think, speak or perform such basic tasks as getting dressed or eating is severely impaired. The time between diagnosis and death typically ranges from seven to 10 years.
Adapted from the Encyclopedia of Psychology
What You Can Do
Protect your brain as you age
Research suggests that life-long learning, exercise and other strategies can help.
Enhance Your Memory
If you have mild memory loss, there are strategies you can use to adapt and overcome the challenge.
Aging: When should I be concerned about a senior’s forgetfulness?
Adults dealing with aging parents face many challenges. Find answers to your frequently asked questions.
Testing for Alzheimer's
Because early intervention can help prevent damage, psychologists are searching for tests to detect Alzheimer's even before symptoms appear.
Tracking Alzheimer's Disease
May 2018, Monitor on Psychology
Dementia risk linked to some medicines
April 26, 2018, BBC News
Alzheimer's getting costlier
March 20, 2018, NBC News
Daytime drowsiness increases risk of Alzheimer's in elderly
March 12, 2018, CNN
Adult brains do not grow new neurons
March 8, 2018, Newsweek
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Office on Aging
The Office on Aging is a coordination point for APA activities pertaining to aging and geropsychology (the field within psychology devoted to older adult issues). The Office on Aging also supports the work of the APA Committee on Aging.