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Know Alzheimer's disease better to fight it

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Alzheimer's disease

World Alzheimer's Day falls on September 21. Here is a quick look at a few facts about the disease:

What is Alzheimer's disease?

Alzheimer's disease, named after the doctor who described it – Alois Alzheimer, is one of the most common types of dementia.

This health condition causes the death of nerve cells and tissue loss throughout the brain. As the disease gets worse, brain tissue shrinks and the areas that contain cerebrospinal fluid become larger.

Is your loved one suffering from Alzheimer's disease?

» Long-term memories are usually intact but the short-term memories become sketchy

» The person is likely to forget common words

» The person is likely to get lost in familiar places

Alzheimer's disease

» He/She might also experience mood swings, lapses in judgment

» Poor hygiene is also a common symptoms

Can Alzheimer's disease be cured?

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So far, there has been no cure for Alzheimer's disease. One may use medication that could help maintain mental skills and slow down the effects of the disease. 

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