Alzheimer’s disease

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

Getting Help

  • Testing for Alzheimer's

    Because early intervention can help prevent damage, psychologists are searching for tests to detect Alzheimer's even before symptoms appear.


Related APA Publications

APA Offices and Programs

  • 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.