A progressive, degenerative disorder that attacks the brain's nerve cells, or neurons, resulting in loss of memory, thinking and language skills, and behavioral changes.
The Alzheimer Research Forum provides a comprehensive overview of Alzheimer’s disease. It offers information for the lay public on diagnosis, treatment, and caregiving, with special emphasis on current Alzheimer’s research.
The Alzheimer's Association site offers a wealth of helpful information for patients, family members, and care givers. Well-organized and easy to use (including a full index and search engine), it includes information about the organization and its many chapters; resources for care givers; medical and public policy information; a suggested reading list, a schedule of conferences; and links to other Internet resources, including sites maintained by local chapters of the Association.
The ADEAR Center, a service of the National Institute on Aging, provides extensive information about Alzheimer's disease for Alzheimer's patients, families and caregivers. The site offers research updates, referrals to other Alzheimer's centers, a list of helpful publications, a clinical trial database, and a calendar of events.
Human tests on drugs to treat Alzheimer’s
disease by clearing amyloid beta clumps have shown mixed results at best. Some
researchers now think prevention may be more feasible than cure.
(Read Q&A with Lary C. Walker Ph.D.)
Studying how proteins such as PrP, amyloid beta, tau, and others aggregate and spread, and kill brain cells, represents a crucial new frontier in neuroscience for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, CTE, and ALS.