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The Alzheimer's Association is a national U.S. non-profit organization providing support to families and caregivers. Their extensive web site includes basic information on Alzheimer's and resources for patients and caregivers, including a list of local Alzheimer's Association chapters which give information on care services, and links to online chat and support groups. The site also provides an overview of current research. Contact its 24/7 Helpline at for more information, referral, and support.
The ADEAR Center is a service of the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Their web site provides a toll free phone number and an email address for access to experts who can answer questions about Alzheimer's. On-line publications include updates on current NIA research, Alzheimer's fact sheets and extensive yearly progress reports on the state of Alzheimer's research. The site also includes a searchable bibliographic database of more than 5,000 abstracts of books and journal articles on Alzheimer's and a searchable database of clinical drug trials.
The National Family Caregivers Association educates, supports, empowers and speaks up for the more than 50 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability or the frailties of old age.
The National Alliance for Caregiving is a non-profit coalition of national organizations focusing on issues of family caregiving.
In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers have developed a blood test for Alzheimer's disease that predicts with astonishing accuracy whether a healthy person will develop the disease.
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Recent medical studies raise the possibility of blood tests capable of predicting who is at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. Joanne Mee DeHond shares her mother’s struggles with Alzheimer’s and the questions that linger regarding her mother’s care and her own health.

(Source: Alzheimer’s Association) Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases. 

Alzheimer's is not a normal part of aging, although the greatest known risk factor is increasing age, and the majority of people with Alzheimer's are 65 and older. But Alzheimer's is not just a disease of old age. Up to 5 percent of people with the disease have early onset Alzheimer's (also known as younger-onset), which often appears when someone is in their 40s or 50s.

Learn more: Early Onset Alzheimer's and Risk Factors

Alzheimer's worsens over time. Alzheimer's is a progressive disease, where dementia symptoms gradually worsen over a number of years. In its early stages, memory loss is mild, but with late-stage Alzheimer's, individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment. Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Those with Alzheimer's live an average of eight years after their symptoms become noticeable to others, but survival can range from four to 20 years, depending on age and other health conditions.
Learn more: 10 Warning Signs and Stages of Alzheimer's Disease.

Alzheimer's has no current cure, but treatments for symptoms are available and research continues. Although current Alzheimer's treatments cannot stop Alzheimer's from progressing, they can temporarily slow the worsening of dementia symptoms and improve quality of life for those with Alzheimer's and their caregivers. Today, there is a worldwide effort under way to find better ways to treat the disease, delay its onset, and prevent it from developing.  
Learn more: Standard Treatments, Treatment Horizon, Prevention and Clinical Trials.

Source: Alzheimer's Association

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