Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. It is a progressive condition that attacks nerves, brain cells and neurotransmitters (chemicals that carry messages within the brain).
Early symptoms include minor memory problems and difficulty saying the right words. As the disease develops, these symptoms may give way to confusion, personality changes or a total change in behaviour.
The Alzheimer’s Society estimates that Alzheimer’s disease affects 1 in 14 people over the age of 65; and 1 in 6 with people aged over 80.
Alzheimer’s disease is responsible for around 60% of the dementia cases in England.
Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, medication is available that can slow down the development of the condition.