Alzheimer's Disease

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.

AlzForum: Disease Management

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

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.

Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center

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.

Dana Articles

Building a Genetic Predictor for Alzheimer’s

Many genetic variants appear to affect a person’s risk for developing Alzheimer’s. Researchers are testing prediction tools that combine known suspicious gene-snips to see if that can better predict who will develop this form of dementia and how fast.

The Four Pillars of Alzheimer’s Prevention

By: Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., and George Perry, Ph.D.

(Listen to Q&A with Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.)
While researchers continue to search for the magic pill that can prevent or halt the spread of amyloid in the brain, our authors believe that changing or modifying one’s lifestyle and attitude can make a difference in both the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

The Sticking Power of Amyloid

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.

The Malignant Protein Puzzle

By: Lary C. Walker, Ph.D., and Mathias Jucker, Ph.D.

(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.