1.800.247.0762

Burlington, IA

624 S. Roosevelt Ave, Suite 100 Burlington, IA 52601 Phone: (319) 768-4300 Fax: (319) 753-3693 Toll Free: (800) 247-0762

Great River Health Systems

1223 S. Gear Avenue, Suite 100 West Burlington, IA 52655 Phone: 319-768-4312 Fax: 319-768-4313 Toll Free: 800-247-0762
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Health Issues

Alzheimers Overview and Facts

Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia — the loss of intellectual and social abilities severe enough to interfere with daily functioning. In Alzheimer's disease, healthy brain tissue degenerates, causing a steady decline in memory and mental abilities.

Alzheimer's disease is not a part of normal aging, but the risk of the disorder increases with age. About 5 percent of people between the ages of 65 and 74 have Alzheimer's disease, while nearly half the people over the age of 85 have Alzheimer's.

Although there's no cure, treatments may improve the quality of life for people with Alzheimer's disease. Those with Alzheimer's — as well as those who care for them — need support and affection from friends and family to cope.